July 29, 2020

Evictions, Foreclosures Banned For Another Two Weeks

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state will find resources for its rental assistance program if the initial funding is exhausted. - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state will find resources for its rental assistance program if the initial funding is exhausted.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Hoosier renters and homeowners will be shielded from evictions and foreclosures for another couple of weeks.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he’s extending his eviction and foreclosure moratorium through Aug. 14.

He emphasized, though, that those who have struggled with payments need to work with their landlords and mortgage holders.

“We do want to make sure, however, in the next couple weeks here that folks are making payment plans,” Holcomb said.

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Indiana’s rental assistance program opened in July and already received more than 20,000 applications – more than the state anticipated it could serve. Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority director Jacob Sipe said, however, the state isn’t the only option.

“Community foundations, some of our not-for-profits and our trustees also provide assistance with rental and home ownership and utility assistance,” Sipe said.

Holcomb said the state will find resources for its rental assistance program if the initial funding is exhausted.

The governor also said he won't let a new lawsuit affect future decision-making over potential further extensions of the eviction moratorium. A group of landlords recently sued Holcomb in federal court, alleging the moratorium violates their constitutional rights. Holcomb said he's confident of his legal standing.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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