Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance

Are you behind on your rent and/or utility bills? You could be eligible for up to 18 months of rent and utility assistance.

Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA)

Applications are now being accepted for the Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program. IERA helps renter households with rent and utility assistance. This includes help with paying your:

  • Rent: up to 18 months of current and past-due rent
  • Home energy expenses: fuel oil, wood, coal, pellets and propane
  • Past-due utilities: electric, gas, water, sewer

Up to 18 months of rent and utility and/or home energy assistance may be provided. This includes past-due balances and late fees accrued after April 1, 2020.

IERA is designed to increase housing stability and decrease evictions.

Apply Now!

Informational documents in English and Spanish are located at You can apply online at the top banner of If renters are unable to access the technology necessary, a 211 representative will help complete their application over the phone.

Renters living in Hamilton and St. Joseph counties, along with the City of Fort Wayne, should apply to their respective programs unless an eviction case has been filed, in which case renters may apply to IERA for the Pilot Eviction Diversion Program. Information about these programs can be found below:

Hamilton County:

Marion County:

City of Fort Wayne:

If you or someone you know needs rent/utility assistance, please consider sharing this information.

Upcoming Events at Twin Oaks Park!

The New Chicago Parks Board is proud to announce the following events coming up at Twin Oaks Park this summer:

  • Rummage in the Park
    • This event is being held June 4th, 2022 (June 5th is the backup day in the event of rain on June 4th).
    • 10×10 spaces are available for rent. New Chicago Residents can rent a space for $15 and non-residents can rent a space for $20. You can also get a 10×20 space for $25 for New Chicago Residents and $35 for non-residents.
    • Click the link above to see all the details!
  • New Chicago Public Space Mural
    • We are looking from submissions from students that live in New Chicago (up to 18 years of age) to use on the mural!
    • We plan to host art days at the park where the public can come take part in helping with the creation of the mural on the buildings.
    • Click the link above to get more details!
  • Shakespeare in the Park
    • The Gary Shakespeare Company will be presenting “Julius Caesar” by Wiliam Shakespeare.
    • This is a free show for all to come see! No admission fee is being charged by the Gary Shakespeare Company, New Chicago Parks, or Town of New Chicago.
    • The snack shack will be open for snacks and drinks before and during the show.
    • Click the link above for more details!