Housing coalition to meet, discuss end to eviction mortarium

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition is concerned about Governor Holcomb’s end to the eviction moratorium, which is set to expire on June 30. They plan to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The coalition says more than 200,000 low-income households would need rental assistance due to the health crisis and claim there is data that spells out racial disparities of housing insecurity for black Hoosiers.

The groups says housing and rent assistance is an unmet need due to the pandemic and lifting the moratorium without listening to recommendations last month for the state to start a new housing stability policy response could result in reversing the pandemic recovery.

Those recommendations include:

  • Designating another state agency to implement cares act resources to address homelessness and populations with immediate short-term housing needs.
  • A state-administered website for Hoosiers to apply for emergency rental assistance.
  • Indiana’s non-profit service provider organizations to help with screening applications and providing case management with renters and taking payments to landlords.
  • A request to keep the application process for short-term rental kept as simple as possible to minimize barriers for Hoosiers in need.

The coalition was just formed in April to support advocacy and education related to housing and homelessness prevention in response to the nation-wide pandemic.