For renters navigating housing related legal issues, finding resources and understanding the process can be challenging. In partnership with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) has been able to install 95 IndianaLegalHelp.org kiosks around the state of Indiana.
The kiosks are placed in courthouses, libraries and other publicly accessible buildings and are available to any Indiana resident in need of legal resources. To get started, users can walk up to the kiosks and enter their zip code and county using the touch screen or keyboard. From there, they can access a list of organizations and events that can help with their evictions or housing-related issues.
The kiosks also give Indiana renters the ability to access housing-specific resources, legal forms, IndianaHousingNow.org and county-specific assistance programs and organizations. Hoosiers can also use the kiosks to access IndianaLegalHelp.org’s calendar of legal events and find housing-related legal aid events available both in person and virtually.
There are two types of kiosks available for use by Indiana residents: a standing version and a desktop version. Each kiosk is equipped with the same technology including a touchscreen computer, keyboard, trackball mouse, scanner and printer. The kiosks include accessibility features including an option to plug in a set of headphones to provide assistance to blind or partially sighted people.
Users are able to fill in and print out case-related documents that can be used when meeting with a legal navigator or during the court process. The kiosks also include security measures to ensure a user’s personal information is not accessed by other users or bystanders. The kiosks are equipped with a disposal process for any paperwork printed off and left behind, as well as an idle feature that clears the user’s information and returns to the home page after
Indianapolis – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) are pleased to partner with the Indiana Bar Foundation, Inc. (IBF) to provide legal services for Hoosiers facing eviction. IBF responded to a request for proposal (RFP) and was awarded $13.1 million to provide legal services to Hoosier renters regarding eviction prevention and services.
In Indiana, eviction filings are a civil matter, where parties must provide their own counsel. This partnership endeavors to provide eligible low-income Hoosiers facing eviction, in all 92 countries, with the opportunity to access legal services and counsel.