New kiosks have been set up across Indiana to put people at risk of eviction in contact with legal services

New kiosks are now in place across the state to assist Hoosiers facing eviction with legal resources and services.

The 120 kiosks provide a way to easily access IndianaLegalHelp.organ and other resources.

Indiana Bar Foundation president and CEO Charles Dunlap said the kiosks will initially focus on serving Hoosiers facing evictions or housing instability and will expand to other legal issues next year.

“We are able to do this project because the federal government has provided emergency aid money for rent. But again, after the first six months, it will be open to a lot of other civil legal help, information and needs that a lot of people have,” Dunlap said.

According to the National Equity Atlas, as of Oct. 17, 77,000 Indiana renters — about 12 percent — were in arrears on their payments. Most had not applied for assistance. The kiosks allow people to connect to a remote legal housing navigator, access legal information and resources, and apply for rental assistance.

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The kiosks, which include a printer and scanner for documents, have been designed to be reliable, accessible and easy to use.

“So we did a lot of user testing, user focus groups, and development to make sure it’s user-friendly. And we think that’s the case, and these new enhancements, which are now also coming out with a new kiosk deployment, will also address the area of ​​visual accessibility issues and other disability-friendly features,” Dunlap said.

All 92 counties will have at least one kiosk host location, and some counties have requested additional kiosks as more funds become available.

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Organizations such as courts, libraries, shelters for survivors of domestic violence, and others that help people affected by housing insecurity are eligible to request the inclusion of a kiosk.

The Indiana Legal Help website will have an interactive map showing where the kiosks are located.

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