On Wednesday, the Holcomb administration unveiled a new rent assistance program for Hoosiers struggling to pay rent as a result of coronavirus-related economic fallout. This program, which requires landlord permission to participate, was announced in conjunction with a one month extension to the statewide moratorium on evictions (which is now active through July.)

In response to these announcements, State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) made the following statement:

“I understand the governor and his team are trying to help folks stay afloat during these turbulent times, but the last thing we should be doing is putting up more hurdles for our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet,” Sen. Ford said. “Beyond that, if we really want to help people get through this crisis, it’s going to take more than rental assistance. I am calling on the governor to extend the utility cut-off moratorium at least through July, and establish a 60-day grace period after the end of both moratoriums for Hoosiers to catch up on paying their rent and utility bills. 

“I know they won’t be cutting off utilities at the governor’s mansion anytime soon, so I am asking for a bit of compassion and, as leaders, to put ourselves in the shoes of Hoosiers who are struggling right now.”