Housing Advocates Call For Rental Help Ahead Of 'Eviction Cliff'

Jun 10, 2020

A home near Ligonier, Indiana, has an encouraging yard decoration. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana housing advocates say the Hoosier State faces a rental housing crisis with its eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of the month.

Those advocates argue the state needs a detailed plan and an extension of the moratorium.

They say many Hoosiers are still without help to pay their rent amid the COVID-19 crisis. Indiana 2-1-1 reports housing is now its top request for referrals and unmet needs. And new census data suggests black Hoosiers were three times more likely to be unable to pay May’s rent than white Hoosiers.

“Being evicted come July 1 will only further escalate the division, the trauma and violence within our communities,” says Dee Ross, Indianapolis Tenants Right Union founder.

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Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana executive director Amy Nelson says the coming “eviction cliff” will have long-term consequences for Hoosiers.

“Tenant screening companies will judge them more harshly in conducting future background checks due to having an eviction filed against them, forever impacting their ability to secure safe and affordable housing,” Nelson says.

Advocates say state and federal officials must create direct rental assistance and, potentially, a loan program to help rental owners.

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