Evictions on the Rise in Evansville After Moratorium Expires

Local evictions are on the rise following Indiana's moratorium on evictions expired Aug. 14.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 12:39 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2020 11:38 PM

The moratorium on evictions in Indiana has come to an end, and some area residents are finding themselves in a tough situation.

Since the moratorium's expiration, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office has served nearly 23 evictions per day - over 90 eviction notices just in Vanderburgh County.

One Evansville renter who spoke to 44News says now, she has nowhere to go.

"I've paid my bills, I haven't let them pile up, but now I don't have the income of the unemployment, I don't have means to pay my bills," said Nancy Byrd. "I'm gonna be facing eviction. I'm gonna be facing water shutoff and electric shutoff."

Help is available through area organizations such as the Reopen Evansville Task Force, which has set up an online portal designed to connect Evansville residents who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 with rent and utility financial aid, payment arrangement programs, and legal help.

Payment arrangements with water and sewer bills can also be made. More general information and requests on Evansville Water and Sewer Utility can be found here

The Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE) is also offering water bill assistance to Vanderburgh, Gibson, and Posey County residents. Customers can apply with CAPE at 812-492-3941. CAPE also offers energy assistance and other programs.

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