FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – On Monday, the City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division announced that the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is closed and will no longer be accepting new applications.
The program was created with federal funding to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by temporarily helping them pay rent and utility bills. The City has currently committed all available program funds. While the city does not anticipate receiving additional funding for this program, officials say the city will continue to seek other funding to help keep families in their homes.
Due to the success of the program, the City received an additional $12.9 million in housing assistance. Since March 8, 2021, more than 6,322 households have received more than $19 million in assistance through the program. Of that funding, more than $17.7 million in rent assistance and nearly $2.1 million in utility assistance was provided to Fort Wayne households.
Fort Wayne tenants in need of rent and utility assistance can now apply with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority by calling 211 or visiting www.IndianaHousingNow.org. Tenants experiencing a housing or eviction crisis can contact the Just Neighbors Eviction Response Program at 260-918-6662 for assistance.
Over the next few weeks, the City says it will announce other partnerships to address housing instability.