Senator Stacey Donato said is a recent news release, “If you or someone you know is struggling to pay their bills, the Rental Assistance Portal is currently accepting applications for the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program. This program can provide up to 12 months in rental assistance to help cover past due and ongoing monthly rent, as well as past due utility payments for Indiana renters.”

The IERA program is available to individuals or households that meet all of the following requirements:

  • At least one household member has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • At least one household member must demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability. This may be proved by providing a past due rent notice, notice to vacate, eviction notice, past due utility notice, utility disconnect notice or proof that a household is rent burdened.
  • Household income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.
  • The property you are seeking assistance for must be your primary residence. 

To learn more about this program or to apply, visit