A nine-member task force is working to provide landlords and tenants a fair chance to resolve their disputes and access federal rental assistance resources. The Indiana Supreme Court established the Indiana Eviction Task Force to gather input from stakeholders and provide the Court with recommendations to help distribute the available federal money more quickly.

In partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Indiana Bar Foundation, the Court already launched Fast-Track Facilitation through the Landlord and Tenant Settlement Conference Program to resolve eviction cases in a mutually beneficial manner. The Court is also contacting all parties in eviction cases to alert them to resources, including possible funding. A potential housing crisis driven by evictions would likely spill over into other societal problems such as homelessness, criminal justice issues, and child welfare matters. Local eviction diversion programs are a necessary step to prevent this. Such programs can draw on local and state resources, partner with area stakeholders, and quickly connect both landlords and tenants with assistance. Through the newly created task force, the Supreme Court is working to foster economic and housing stability for both tenants and landlords and create a better outcome for all, including local communities. For more information, visit courts.in.gov/housing/.