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Evictions, Foreclosures Banned For Another Two Weeks

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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.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.