Oct. 1, 2021: If you missed the September 30 deadline to submit your application, reapplication or your application was rejected, you can now submit an application to the state of Indiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program by calling 211 or heading to www.indianahousingnow.org
Applications and reapplications submitted by September 30 to the Elkhart County Rental Assistance program will be processed.
Note: This information ONLY pertains to the Elkhart County rental assistance program and not the indianahousingnow.org program effective Oct. 1, 2021.
Elkhart County has provided instructions and a how-to video to guide renters in applying for emergency rental assistance. The information below should answer all of your questions.
Click on the buttons below to watch a video to learn more about the program and how to apply.
This program is funded through an award made to Elkhart County by the U.S. Department of Treasury through Section 501 of Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Elkhart County has established procedures for reviewing applications that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Applications go through two levels of review.
The first level review checks for program eligibility, application completeness and whether the applicant’s household has an income level at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI) or one or more people who have been unemployed for 90 days or more prior to the application’s submission. Applications that meet one or both of these criteria are given priority status.
The priority applications have their second-level review done first before any other applications but no application waits longer than a week for this review.
This project is funded through an award made to Elkhart County by the U.S. Department of Treasury through Section 501 of Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Elkhart County has entered into a service agreement with Baker Tilly US to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
Elkhart County ERAP makes funding available to eligible households to apply to past due and future payments for rent, utilities (water, sewer, stormwater, gas, trash, and electricity), and internet. When possible, payments will be made on behalf of tenants directly to landlords and utility companies. The goal of this program is to increase housing stability in Elkhart County.
Funding is available for past due rent and utilities from April 1, 2020, to present, as well as up to 3 months' future rent and utilities from the date of application. Past due rent and utilities must be documented through statements and/or invoices from your landlord and utility service provider(s). Eligible applicants will be awarded a maximum of $1,500 per month for six months of past due rent and utility payments. Dependent on fund availability, the County may pay up to 100% of future rent and utility payments up to a maximum of $1,500.
Complete details of the program can be found here.