Decision For Blight Elimination Funds To Be Announced

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann will announce whether the state will use funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury funds to tear down foreclosed properties.

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The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority says abandoned homes have a negative impact on homeowners and neighborhoods.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann plans to announce Monday whether the state will be allowed to use funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury funds to tear down foreclosed properties.

The Treasury Department gave Indiana more than $220 million back in 2010 to help at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosure during the economic downturn.

Indiana now wants to use $75 million of that fund to eliminate abandoned and blighted properties.

It’s a different approach – one that Indiana Housing and Community Development Director of Asset Preservation Mark Neyland says is critical.

“These properties have a negative impact on homeowners and neighborhoods, they contribute to increased foreclosure rates by reducing property values, increasing crime, draining municipal resources,” Neyland says.

Neyland stresses that if the state receives permission from the Treasury, the program will remain committed to providing individual homeowners financial assistance to avoid foreclosure.

Neyland says he’s optimistic the Treasury will give its approval.

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