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Assistance available to Hoosier renters

Assistance available to Hoosier renters Assistance available to Hoosier renters

During Gov. Eric Holcomb’s weekly announcement Wednesday (June 24), Hoosier renters learned of a new assistance program to help cover rent. Renters can apply for $500 to help for rent, with the potential to receive up to $2,000 to help for four months of rent payments.

The Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program is for renters who have not received other rental assistance and have had all or part of their income impacted by the pandemic. To participate, renters need their landlords to agree to participate in the program.

More information can be found at Indianahousingnow.org.

The state said the funding for the program is part of the federal CARES Act, with $25 million appropriated for this program.

Wednesday’s update included the reporting of 281 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. There are now 43,140 known cases in Indiana since the outbreak began. Indiana has also experienced 2,386 deaths, with nine people dying in the past 24 hours.

Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne said he is aware some unemployment claimants have received payments worth more than they were supposed to receive. Payne said this is common when a high number of payments are made at a time. He added his department looks at the issue on a case-by-case basis in determining whether it goes after people who receive more money than they should have received.

The governor’s next scheduled update will be Wednesday, July 1, at 2:30 p.m.

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