Hoosiers living outside of Marion County who are struggling to make their rent payments due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic can turn to the Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program for help.

Thanks to $40 million from the federal CARES Act, eligible renters throughout the state can receive up to $500 in assistance for four months, for a maximum of $2,000, to cover past and ongoing rent payments, or late fees. To qualify, Hoosiers must have lost their job or part of their income due to COVID-19, a current household income – including unemployment dollars – less than the household income on March 6 and not received rental assistance from another source.

Anyone unable to make their rent payments should speak directly with their property managers. Landlords need to agree to participate in the program and will have the payments made directly to them. Hoosiers needing assistance can apply at IndianaHousingNow.org, and those who cannot complete their applications online should call 1-844-463-7368.

Indianapolis recently launched its own rental assistance program to help those living in Marion County. It is important to note that as they process the high volume of requests received, applications for the program are temporarily suspended. Click the tenant application link here to enter your contact information and receive notification when applications are reopened. To learn more, visit IndyRent.org.

Homeowners needing help with their mortgage payments can contact 877-GET-HOPE. Hoosiers can also call 2-1-1 or visit 211.org online to connect with a number of resources for food, clothing, mental health services, housing assistance, employment opportunities and child care assistance.