Community leaders tackle issue of vacant, blighted homes
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INDIANAPOLIS - Lawmakers met with community leaders Wednesday to address the issue of blighted, vacant and abandoned homes in Indiana.
Lawmakers estimate that there are 8,000 to 10,000 vacant homes in Indiana.
State Senator Jim Merritt and other lawmakers are working with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to form a plan to rid communities of the blighted homes.
They want to use $50 million to $75 million to eliminate the eyesores that are a serious issue for Indiana homeowners, neighborhoods and communities.
"Indiana is leading the country in what you call zombie homes, and this is not something we're proud of," Merritt said.
IHCDA officials are exploring the idea of using a portion of the more than $200 million Hardest Hit Fund for the demolition of properties beyond repair.
"We do need the government to come help us out in that way to make sure that people are taking care of their properties," renter Matthew Cunningham said.
The funding has not been approved for the plan just yet. Additional meetings will be held throughout the state to ensure all Hoosier residents have the opportunity to provide feedback.
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