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Posted on: November 3, 2020

COVID-19 Assistance

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  • Rental Assistance
    • State’s Rental Assistance Portal – Is still accepting applications for rental assistance from qualifying Indiana renters living outside of Marion County.
    • IndyRent Assistance Portal – Marion County residents that are having a hard time paying rent can apply through the IndyRent Assistance Portal. The IndyRent application process is currently open with no waitlist code required.
  • Mortgage Assistance – Indiana’s Hardest Hit fund (HHF) is available to help Indiana homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments or who are unable to make future payments.
  • Energy Assistance – Applications are being accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP provides a one-time annual benefit to help with the high cost of home energy. An additional $350 CARES Act benefit is also available to qualifying households experiencing a reduction in income due to COVID-19.

Across many parts of the state we saw our first snow of the season earlier this week. As the temperature begins to get colder I want to remind everyone of the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

EAP provides a one-time annual benefit that can assist eligible households with the high cost of home energy and from getting their utilities disconnected.

Listed below are the household income limits. For 1-8 household members the limit is 60% of the State Median Income. For households of 9 or more members, the amount is based on 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Please note that for eligibility determination, we use the most recent three months of income (outlined in blue). Monthly and annual equivalent amounts are listed above for reference purposes only.

A complete list of eligibility requirements and the steps to apply can be found at: eap.ihcda.in.gov.

CARES Act benefit

On top of the standard EAP assistance, an additional $350 CARES Act benefit remains available for households who have experienced a loss in employment income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The local service provider reviewing the application will determine if a household is eligible for the standard EAP assistance along with the additional CARES Act benefit.

Demand has increased

Understanding the need was likely greater due to COVID-19, we began accepting applications for this program year on September 14th. With that said, compared to the first 60 days of the applications being accepted during last program year, we have seen about a 30% increase. Therefore, it may take longer for our network of local service providers to review and process applications.

I encourage anyone that thinks they may need assistance paying their heat and electric bill this winter to visit eap.ihcda.in.gov or call 2-1-1 at their earliest convenience.

I would like to thank our EAP Manager Thomas Hartnett-Russell and his team here at IHCDA along with our network of local service providers for all they are doing to help individuals apply for and receive energy assistance.

I also want to thank you for your continued partnership and assistance in providing key resources like this one to the Indiana families that you serve. We are #INthistogether.

  • Food Assistance – To help Indiana residents locate available food resources the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) developed a new Food Assistance Availability Map.
  • Indiana Township Trustees – Are elected individuals in each township who help residents obtain basic necessities. This includes help with shelter or housing costs, utility bills, food, clothing, and medical needs.
  • Coronavirus Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Guide – Several statewide organizations collaborated on a guide to help prevent evictions and foreclosures. It includes answers to frequently asked questions and a list of resources for Indiana renters and homeowners.
  • Landlord and Tenant Settlement Conference Program – The Landlord and Tenant Settlement Conference Program was designed to help residential landlords and tenants talk about their situation with the help of a facilitator to see if a settlement can be reached before an eviction. If an eviction case has already been filed, the facilitator works to find an agreement between the parties before the court decides in the eviction case.
  • Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums
  • Be Well Indiana – The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction has compiled resources designed to help Hoosiers stay connected and maintain their well-being. The mental health information on this website has been validated by local and national experts.
  • IN 211 – Indiana 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across the state find the local resources they need. Navigators are available to assist individuals in need of assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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