Myers/Lawson Housing Plan
Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Holcomb has extended an eviction moratorium until the end of July but it’s clear Hoosiers need more help. The COVID19 Rental Assistance is needed by more that 200,000 Hoosiers according to housing advocates but only 12,000 Hoosiers will benefit from the assistance. Hoosiers are hurting from the pandemic and the economic crisis enough, they do not need to also worry about losing their homes. Moving forward beyond the Coronavirus, Hoosiers also deserve better in their access to safe and affordable housing, and safeguarding from policies that put them on the path to homelessness. In order to protect Hoosier families and communities from evictions and further economic instability, the Myers/Lawson team have published their intended Housing Plan policies. Indiana needs to put people’s lives over big business, and to put people over politics.
- Extend a moratorium on evictions, allowing renters more time to pay back past due balances.
PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES
- Proactively reach those at-risk for evictions and in need of emergency assistance, including low-income residents receiving SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid, and those on fixed incomes like social security.
- Target low-income neighborhoods who will be hit the hardest and provide more support for community centers and community development corporations who can get assistance to their residents quickly.
- Implement oversight for predatory lending and land contracts.
- Create affordable housing incentives to ensure neighborhoods are economically diverse, inclusive, and livable for Hoosiers.
DISTRIBUTE FEDERAL C.A.R.E.S. ACT DOLLARS
- Equitably distribute federal C.A.R.E.S. Act dollars and eliminate the requirement for landlord approval.
- Allocate a percentage of C.A.R.E.S. to address homelessness across the state.
ESTABLISH HOUSING TASK FORCE
- Establish a Housing Task Force to work with local community representatives to identify the greatest housing needs.