The NAACP hopes to replicate the program on a national scale.
The Calumet neighborhood in East Chicago is part of a federal toxic waste cleanup site contaminated with lead and arsenic.
Plans include removing contaminated soil from areas accessible to the public.
Water run-off from farms in Indiana and throughout the Midwest often takes nutrients with it that are important to crops, including nitrogen and phosphorous.
East Chicago is one of three Lake County cities receiving an extra $5.6 million from the state to tear down abandoned houses.
State law requires Duke Energy to remove contaminated soil at former gas plant site in Franklin.