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City temporarily suspends applications for rent assistance

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Indianapolis opened an application for rent assistance on July 13. Three days later, more than 10,000 people applied for help, and the city is now operating a waitlist until it can process those applications.

The website, indyrent.org, gives a notice that the application process is temporarily suspended, but renters can still enter contact information to receive notifications when applications open again.

Processing is expected to last through next week.

• Related: Black renters have some of the heaviest burdens in Marion County

“We are proud that Indianapolis is offering one of the most generous municipal-based rental assistance programs in the country,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement. “And we are thankful to the many community organizations that helped connect residents to the program, increasing the flow of assistance to those who need it most.”

The rent assistance program is funded by $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds and a grant from Lilly Endowment.

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