Help for Tenants & Renters

If you’ve experienced financial hardship (even if you have not been ill with COVID-19) because of the pandemic, you may be eligible for federal funding for rent relief.

Help is available whether or not you have an eviction case already filed. It is free and easy to find out if you qualify. A majority of those who apply receive funding to cover some or all back rent owed and ongoing rent.

Confidentiality protections are available. Completing a pre-eviction diversion program is confidential and will not negatively impact your ability to secure housing in the future.

Ensuring housing stability is a win-win for tenants, landlords and all Hoosiers.

Applying for rent relief funds

More than $400 million in rental assistance has been authorized by the federal government for the state of Indiana.

  • Tenants (and landlords) have the ability initiate the application process.
  • To be eligible for funding, tenants must meet requirements for income and other factors.
  • How you apply depends on where you live. Explore local and state programs to find the best option for you.
  • Funds can cover past due rent, future rent, or reduce outstanding balances owed as well as utilities and home energy costs.
  • Check your status – more funding was added making previously ineligible households now eligible for assistance.
  • It’s easy to track your application through real-time access to an online dashboard.
  • You will be given time to complete applications and determine eligibility of funds before going to court.
  • If you cannot apply online, call 2-1-1 for help with your application.

Getting help talking with your landlord

Free settlement conferences with landlords, tenants and a neutral facilitator allow all parties to discuss the situation and explore solutions.

  • Whether or not your landlord has already started an eviction case, you can access help working out an agreement.
  • Fast-track facilitation (also known as a landlord and tenant settlement conference) helps you avoid a court judgement.
  • An assigned facilitator will support a fair conversation between both parties and provide guidance or information to help the discussion.
  • All communication can be completed over the phone or online.
  • Your landlord must agree to participate in the program.

What to know about your eviction case

If your landlord has already filed to evict you, it is not too late to apply for rental assistance or participate in fast-track facilitation.

  • Pay close attention to the information you receive from your landlord and the court.
  • If you fail to show up for court when ordered, the court may rule against you without hearing your side.
  • A judge will explain pre-eviction diversion programs at your first hearing.
  • If you apply for rental assistance, bring a copy of your application or confirmation messages to court.
  • Legal aid may be available and resources are available statewide for other help.