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[s31] Sen. Merritt, IHCDA to Host Public Forums on Addressing Abandoned Homes in Indiana
Start Date: 10/11/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/11/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2013) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and other state leaders will be holding the first of a series of public forums to address blighted, vacant and abandoned homes in Indiana.

•    Who: Sen. Jim Merritt, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, State Rep. Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis), the IHCDA
•    What: Public forum to address abandoned homes in Indiana
•    When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. EST
•    Where: The Indiana War Memorial, 431 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis

The public forums will focus on a new IHCDA program that could provide Indiana municipalities with funds to demolish blighted and abandoned homes that are beyond repair. If approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the initiative will be funded through a portion of Indiana’s federal Hardest Hit Fund dollars. The proposed partnership between IHCDA and Indiana municipalities would allow communities to demolish blighted properties, and offer a variety of end-uses for the newly cleared properties, including green space and redevelopment.

Merritt and his partners in this project believe the demolition of abandoned and blighted homes would be a significant step toward rebuilding Hoosier communities. 

“Abandoned homes continue to plague all areas of this state, inviting crime, reducing property values and giving neighborhoods a negative reputation,” said Merritt, who’s worked on several pieces of legislation in recent years related to abandoned homes. “I hope to get valuable feedback from community members about their experiences with abandoned homes, and how this newly proposed project could assist them.”

Additional meetings will be held throughout the state in the coming months to ensure all Hoosier residents have the opportunity to provide feedback. If you are unable to attend the public hearings, please submit written comments to feedback@ihcda.in.gov by Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.
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Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
Email: molly.johnson@iga.in.gov
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