The city of Boonville has recently implemented a new statewide program known as the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program (IERA).
This program began in Boonville on October 27 and is now open to Boonville residents who need assistance in paying for their rent, utilities, home energy and internet expenses. Utilities in this case are defined as gas, electricity, water, sewer and trash collection. Home energy includes fuel, oil, propane, firewood or coal.
Twelve months of assistance are available to applicants, that will help them pay for the aforementioned expenses. Those interested in applying for this program may do so at IndianaHousingNow.org. Anyone who has questions about the program or needs to request more information can call 211.
The amount of available rental assistance is based on the size of the unit and ranges from $678 monthly for efficiency units up to $1455 monthly rent available for four bedroom units. Any renters who received rental assistance through another program such as the Housing Choice Vouchers program or the Low-income housing Energy Assistance Program are still eligible for this program, as well as anyone who resides in Project-based Section 8 units or public housing.
In total coverage for up to 12 months of rent past due that was incurred after April 1 of last year is eligible for assistance, as well as past due utility bills and any late fees. However, disconnection fees for those who have already had their utilities disconnected are not covered and must be paid out of pocket. An additional one time payment of $750 is available to those who have nearly exhausted their source of home energy.
The program has already been put to use in Boonville with several requests for rental and utility assistance being made. The program hopes to not only provide renters with much needed relief in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic and ensuing rental crisis, but also help utility providers keep operations running smoothly as money has become more constrained. This program will be a major relief to the community and Warrick County residents who need assistance are encouraged to apply.
Boonville Mayor Charlie Wyatt mentioned the program in a press release last week, stating that the program is clearly working as requests are coming in. With programs like these renters in Warrick County will be able to get back on their feet and work without worrying about losing their home or electricity in the coming months.