FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Friday was the last day of Governor Eric Holcomb's moratorium on evictions and utilities in the state of Indiana.
The end of the moratorium on utilities and evictions has the potential to put thousands on the streets.
Attorney Andrew Thomas with Indiana Legal Services says landlords can start legally evicting tenants sooner than you may think. Thomas says, "This is a potential housing crisis, as of next week, courts will be able to start evicting people from their homes."
For some Hoosiers, facing homelessness during a pandemic is a harsh reality!
Thomas says it's important to know your rights, "They have to actually be evicted by a court order. They can't simply post something on the door and ask the tenant to leave."
With everything that has happened in 2020, it's easy to get discouraged but Thomas wants to put things into perspective for tenants.
"Because of the pandemic they haven't been able to pay their rent and these are some of the programs we have out there to try to help those folks out."
Fort Wayne resident Rick Miller says it's tough for both parties involved.
He says, "Both the tenants and the landlords… Everybody is put in a tough situation because of the pandemic. I just wish this was over. everybody does. I sincerely wish good things on everybody, I hope they find support groups and find a way."
The City of Fort Wayne said the Tenant Assistance Legal Clinic will be operated by the local Indiana Legal Services office, 919 S. Harrison St. Suite 200.
Low-income residents facing possible eviction should call the clinic to be accepted into the program: (260) 424-9155.