SOUTH BEND — As Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s coronavirus evictions moratorium is set to expire July 31, along with federal unemployment benefits expiring a few days earlier, the state and city of South Bend want tenants to know they have federal money available to help with delinquent rent.

The city has contracted with REAL Services Inc. to distribute $200,000 in rental assistance, and with St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County to award $300,000 in rental and utility help. REAL Services started taking applications Monday, and St.  Vincent de Paul will begin July 27.

Both organizations are taking applications only by phone for now but were also developing online applications that haven’t yet launched, said Caleb Bauer, spokesman for South Bend Mayor James Mueller.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, distributing $25 million for rental assistance, began taking online applications July 13.

The money in all three programs is paid directly to landlords and comes from the $2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. All three programs prohibit recipients from accepting help from other sources for the same month but there are no rules against stacking aid from multiple sources across consecutive months.
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