Our community, like most world-wide, is going through a period of extraordinary hardship. It extends beyond just worry over COVID-19. Non-essential businesses have been shut down to slow the spread of the virus, but this has caused many to experience economic hardships. People may be struggling to afford necessities such as food, housing payments, or bills. If this includes you, or someone you know, here are some things to keep in mind:
- On March 19, Governor Eric Holcomb issued an executive order, temporarily prohibiting residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions during the public health emergency. This does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.1
- Additionally, Governor Holcomb issued an executive order prohibiting providers of essential utility services such as gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services from discontinuing service to any customer during the public health emergency.2
- Customers are urged to do their best to continue paying their bills.3
- The State Attorney General encourages anyone who receives an eviction notice between March 15th and May 5th to file a Consumer Protection Complaint.4
- Hoosier having trouble making mortgage payments can get help from the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network. Payment Assistance and financial counseling is available.
- The state has an FAQ page for those worried about eviction or foreclosure.
- The State Attorney General’s Office has a page dedicated to legal issues related to COVID-19. It includes more information on potential consumer complaints, as well as what to do if an event you have already paid to attend has been cancelled or postponed. There are also resources for how to spot an avoid scams.5
- Companies such as Comcast, Spectrum, and AT&T are offering free or lost cost internet service to new, qualifying, customers.6
- The FSSA has a food assistance availability map that can help users find resources near them. Those in need can also apply for SNAP benefits.
- Families with children can find resources through the Childcare Resources Network. Those who still need childcare can find nearby services through FSSA’s Child Care Finder.
- Heath Resources can be found at the State’s newly launched Be Well Indiana website.
- Those wanting to mail in their vote for the 2020 Primary Election on June 2 should apply for an absentee ballot by May 21.
- The Find Help database can help those in need of help find local resources.7 Indiana 211 can also be used for the same purpose.
- The State has compiled a list of resources available to Indiana residents.
- There is an additional list of resources made specifically for businesses.
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