Indiana cities getting money to fight urban blight

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Indianapolis, Lawrence, Gary and two other Indiana cities have received a total of about $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.

The grants from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program are the first round in a six-round series of federal grants that will total $75 million.

Indianapolis has been awarded nearly $6.4 million.

“Indy will use these funds to remove unsightly and unsalvageable abandoned homes, which pose a health and safety risk for residents and attract crime and vandalism,” Mayor Greg Ballard said in a prepared statement. “This is a positive way to improve neighborhood safety and make Indy a better place to live.”

Gary will receive $6.6 million. A team spent several months collecting data on blighted structures throughout the northwest Indiana city.

Lawrence will receive $120,000; East Chicago will get $1.3 million; and Hammond was awarded $615,000.

Officials estimate about 4,000 blighted properties will be torn down across the state.

Besides demolishing vacant and abandoned homes and buildings, the federal program also provides loans to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.


  • Too late
    If this city kept up on the blight, this would not bean issue. We are paying for fifty (50) years of neglect of our neighborhoods and infrastructure.
  • Citizens
    Funny, I thought the widespread demolition of abandoned homes was supposed to be funded by the $300,000,000.00 profit from the city's Citizens Deal. Where in the world did all that money go?

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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

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