Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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State of Indiana COVID-19 Info

Please click here for more information on Indiana's Back on Track Plan: https://backontrack.in.gov/


$15 million added to the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Governor Eric Holcomb announced this week that the state will allocate an additional $15 million to the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. This brings the total for the program to $40 million. This will allow us to provide rental assistance to more than 19,000 Hoosier renters living outside of Marion County. For more information, renters and landlords should visit indianahousingnow.org. Renters living in Marion County should visit: www.indyrent.org

Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium Extended

Governor Eric Holcomb extended his stay on evictions and foreclosures earlier this week until August 14, 2020. The utility moratorium was also extended on August 14, 2020.
For more information, please see Executive Orders 20-39 and 20-33.

More Information from the State of Indiana:

  • For the latest and most up-to-date information on the number of confirmed cases, deaths and total tested, please visit https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

  • If you have general questions pertaining to the novel coronavirus, check the ISDH website www.StateHealth.in.gov or call the Indiana COVID-19 Call Center toll free number at 877-826-0011.  Press 1 for general questions.  Press 2 if you are a healthcare provider.
  • The Office of Indiana’s Attorney General is urging Hoosiers to go online to report price gouging and charity scams to the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Consumers who need additional information regarding the Office’s Consumer Protection Division are encouraged to call 1-800-382-5516 or visit the website at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/3523.htm
For Businesses needing PPE: Free PPE Resource from State of Indiana

The Indiana Small Business Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace is now open. If your business needs PPE for your reopening plans, follow the link below for access to the State of Indiana's stockpile. This is a FREE resource for our business community as a part of Governor Holcomb's Back on Track Indiana Plan.
https://appengine.egov.com/apps/in/ppemarketplace

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is reminding Hoosiers that applications for unemployment insurance benefits can be completed electronically. Hoosiers can apply on a computer or smart phone. For more information on unemployment insurance, visit Unemployment.IN.gov. There, Hoosiers can find the Claimant Updated March 27, 2020 For more information visit https://coronavirus.in.gov. Handbook, Frequently Asked Questions, a link to online filing and more information. Learn more.

  • For a FAQ Sheet on Indiana Unemployment Insurance, click PDF iconhere.
  • For a FAQ Sheet on Indiana Unemployment Insurance for Employers, click PDF iconhere.  
  • For a Q&A Sheet on the CARES Act from Indiana Department of Workforce Development, click PDF iconhere

UPDATE:

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) continues to implement additional safeguards to further protect its unemployment insurance system from the threat of fraud.

DWD is putting “holds” on, and investigating, many Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims that have been recently filed before clearing them for payment.

The holds are the result of nation-wide increases in identity theft and fraud in unemployment filings.

“We have been monitoring situations in other states, and now similar attempts of fraud are targeting Indiana,” said Regina Ashley, DWD’s Chief Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Solutions Officer. “DWD is working vigilantly to ensure these attempts to cheat the system are caught and that payments are not falsely distributed.”

For the week ending June 20, initial unemployment claims totaled 31,885, a 28% increase from the previous week, according to DWD. Increases could be due to suspected fraud. The U.S. Department of Labor, on July 2, will release initial claims numbers, including those for Indiana, for the week ending June 27, which could also show signs of potential fraud.


Information on Local Resources:

  • For individuals and families who are in need of assistance with local resources such as food and clothing, healthcare, education and employment, or more visit Indiana’s 211 website at https://in211.communityos.org/ or dial 2-1-1.
  • New video features Indiana 211!

    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is pleased to introduce a new video that features our new partners at Indiana 211. Last month, Indiana’s statewide community resource referral agency became part of the FSSA family. The new video highlights the many ways 211 serves Hoosiers, from helping find enough food for families, housing, or many other local resources. The video features several of the Indiana 211 community resource navigators who LISTEN to Hoosiers every day and who will work hard to help meet their unique needs.

    We encourage you to watch and SHARE this video, and spread the word about how Indiana 211 is working for Hoosiers every day. To watch the video please click here.
  • The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the country's largest social enterprises supporting projects and programs to revitalize communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. They invest in affordable housing, high-quality schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs that connect people with financial opportunity. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is taking swift action in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to mitigate economic impact on residents in the hundreds of communities where they work. They are launching the LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund to assemble and deploy resources to their local partners, small businesses and residents who are being hit hardest.  To learn more, click here
  • Aspire Indiana Health has launched Connections -- Aspire Warm Line, an innovative new way to connect people to behavioral health care and other services during the pandemic, and beyond. It is primarily aimed at folks who are not currently mental health clients at Aspire, or anywhere.Unlike a traditional hotline for urgent needs, the free warm line phone service is intended for people who are experiencing non-emergency distress or concerns resulting from COVID-19. To learn more, click here.