Lt. Governor Announces Blight Elimination Program

Indiana is diverting federal money to help local communities demolish abandoned homes.

Abandoned home in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Lieutenant Governor says the program will help stabilize neighborhoods and reduce foreclosures.

Photo: The Terre Haute Project / Flickr

Abandoned home in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Lieutenant Governor says the program will help stabilize neighborhoods and reduce foreclosures.

Indiana has the highest percentage of abandoned foreclosed homes in the country, with estimates of more than 50 thousand abandoned homes statewide. The state received approval from the federal government to divert 75 million dollars from its Hardest Hit Fund – which helps Hoosiers avoid foreclosure – for a Blight Elimination Program.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says abandoned homes contribute to higher foreclosure rates.

“It reduces the property values, it increases crime and it drains valuable municipality resources,” she says.

Indianapolis Democratic Representative Justin Moed says the Blight Elimination Program can help cash-strapped cities focus in on the most critical areas.

“They can target on the worst of the worst properties so that then the remaining abandoned properties that are in a neighborhood can be focused on for redevelopment by community development groups, neighborhoods and investors,” he says.

County and local governments can apply for the funds individually or in groups, pooling resources to drive down demolition costs.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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