IndyRent Eligibility | FAQ
Am I eligible for this assistance program?
Assistance from the IndyRent program is available to Marion County, Indiana, renters who have experienced a loss of employment income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indiana residents who live outside of Marion County should visit indianahousingnow.org to apply for rental assistance.
For rental assistance, you must meet these qualifications :
– Be a renter in Marion County, Indiana.
– Have experienced a reduction in employment income (or self-employment business income) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Must be a household at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and be at risk of housing instability. Priority will be given to households below 50% AMI or residents who have been unemployed for 90 days or longer at the time of application.
– The relevant AMI values for this program can be found in the table below.
If you have not received assistance since April 2021, you can start a new application at any time. Go to Indyrent.org and scroll down to the tenant section to begin a new application.
Yes. 2020 recipients are eligible to apply as long as it does not duplicate any month already paid during last year’s assistance program. Assistance received in 2020 does not count towards the 12-month maximum for 2021-2022.
Having a benefits letter from an approved program (TANF, SSI, EAP, SNAP, or HIP) from anytime since January 1, 2020, or a copy of your 2020 IRS tax return IRS (Form 1040) or other proof of income will assist in the review of your application. A past-due rent or utility bill may be used to document housing instability. A lease is also required.
Up to twelve (12) months total, including late fees accrued after April 1, 2020.
If you need funds for back rent / past due rent, you can ask for as many months as you need at one time up to 12 months worth.
If you need funds for current or future rent, Federal guidelines limit the amount of rental assistance you can request to three months at one time.
A household may not receive a total of more than 12 months of assistance, whether it is past due rent, current, or future months’ rent from all applications since April 2021.
The maximum monthly amount of assistance cannot exceed Fair Market Rent (FMR). The relevant FMR values for this program can be found in the table below.
Tenants who have not received a full 12 months of rental assistance since April 2021 will be invited back to request additional months of assistance. Notifications will be sent to the tenant email address provided 90 days after the date of their most recent application approval.
If you have not received an email, you are not yet able to reapply. You can check the timeline at Indyrent.org to know when it will be your turn. Email notifications will be sent from the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO NOT start a new application with a different application ID as this can cause a delay with your application for additional assistance.
Yes. If you have received rental assistance after April 2021, but have moved since then, you will have an opportunity to update your address, rent, and lease information. You are still eligible to request additional months of rental assistance.
Yes. Recipients of the renter’s portion of HCV and PBRA are eligible for this program.
You will be contacted at the email address and / or phone number you provided during the application process. You can also check the status of your application using your unique application ID at indyrent.org/status-check.
Multiple attempts will be made to contact your landlord (via phone, email, and / or USPS mail) based on information provided on your application. In addition, you can provide your landlord with your application ID number and direct them to https://forms.indyrent.org/indyrent2021-landlord/ to verify your application.
If your landlord does not respond within 21 days, you will be contacted to provide addition information via a Tenant Seld-Funding Form to continue on with the application process. This information includes proof of identification, a copy of the executed lease, proof of residency, and prior payment history. In some cases, payments can be made directly to the tenant.
Processing an application takes approximately 30-60 days once a Landlord Verification Form or Tenant Self-Funding Form is received. You can track the status of your application at indyrent.org/status-check. If your application and landlord verification have been received, there is no further action for you to take at this time.
If additional information is needed, an IndyRent staff member will contact you. Once your application is approved, it may take another 30-60 days to receive a check via USPS mail.