GARY, Ind. - Gary, Indianapolis and three other Indiana cities have received a total of roughly $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.
The other cities granted funds from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program are East Chicago and Hammond in northwest Indiana and the city of Lawrence in Marion County. The grants are the first round in a series of grants that will total $75 million.
Gary will receive $6.6 million of the initial amount. A team spent several months collecting data on blighted structures throughout the northwest Indiana city.
Besides demolishing vacant and abandoned homes and buildings, the federal program also provides loans to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Officials estimate about 4,000 blighted properties will be torn down across the state.
Hamilton Co. house fires linked to lightning
Fire crews headed to several homes in Hamilton County Wednesday morning after storms passed through, which may have sparked fires.
Indiana Veterans Hall of Fame seeks nominations
A new hall of fame for Indiana military veterans is seeking nominations for its first class of inductees.
New rocket fuel to launch Purdue spacecraft
A group of Purdue University students is moving ahead with a project to design and build a spacecraft that will be launched by a new, more…
Steel shipments feed shipping boom in NW Indiana
Steel shipments are feeding a 40-percent increase in shipping at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor at the shipping season's midpoint.
Woman's car sprayed with paint from work truck
An Indiana woman has filed a claim with Indianapolis after she said a work truck sprayed her vehicle with yellow road paint.
IPS board member: 'Exodus' of teachers
The Indianapolis Public Schools Board plans to address the dozens upon dozens of teachers who have left this year.