ANDERSON – Although the federally funded blight elimination program is scheduled to conclude at the end of the year, the city of Anderson will receive funding in 2020.
Local resident Joe Carney asked during Thursday’s meeting of the City Council if the city was adding $100,000 to the budget for blight elimination.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — City participation in a federally-funded program to eliminate the problem of vacant and abandoned homes will end in December. But the Evansville Land Bank, another effort in the battle against urban blight, will continue.
Beginning in 2014, the city's Blight Elimination Program received $2.3 million in federal money distributed by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The money originated from the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) during the 2008 financial crisis.
Last year, a housing master plan funded by the Logansport City Council revealed some confounding numbers — the city has a need for a minimum of 250 new housing units and as many as 400 in the coming years.
Housing was the number one issue listed in the city’s “Nineteen for 19” agenda at the State of the City/County luncheon earlier this year, and according to Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell, it’s also a top priority for other Indiana cities because of its impact on economic development.
The city has been making significant progress toward achieving its housing goals.
Lacasa Inc. will help reduce a housing shortage for local workers by constructing homes at its 120 W. Indiana Ave. property. The start of the Modular Workforce Housing Pilot Program project was celebrated during a ceremony Thursday.
The board of directors for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority awarded Lacasa a $500,000 grant to help address what it calls Indiana’s workforce housing shortage.
More than 50 people gathered at the corner of Garden and Washington streets to celebrate an open house for ReVere Homes, Logansport’s newest multi-family tax credit properties.
Last November, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) recommended that tax credits be awarded to Indianapolis-based Crestline Development Co. to help fund a project that will add 30 new homes — 15 affordable three-bedroom homes and 15 affordable four-bedroom homes — on scattered sites throughout the community.
Jim Erickson, vice president of Crestline Development, said that he is proud of the project and hopes to leave a positive impact on the city.
“We’re hopeful that this project is a great benefit to the people of Logansport,” said Erickson. “To be able to either fill empty lots or replace homes that were condemned, and then to put up something brand new and well-built, in a design for long-term living, is nothing but a very positive thing.”
The new homes are being built on city-owned lots acquired through the Blight Elimination Program (BEP)
Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of Indiana Housing and ... the respondents are using Blight Elimination Program lots and working with a ...
(INDIANAPOLIS) – Last week, the Board of Directors for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) approved $500,000 each for Affordable Housing & Community Development Corporation and LaCasa, Inc. to help address Indiana’s workforce housing shortage. Working with modular home builders, the two not-for-profit organizations will construct modular, single-family homes on Blight Elimination Program (BEP)* lots in Marion and Elkhart, respectively.
ELWOOD — Farmer Garland Antrim, who grows corn and soybeans in Madison, Howard, Tipton and Grant counties, knows the value of having interns working for him.
Beyond the labor they provide in the fields, three of his young workers have become permanent employees and bought homes near Elwood.
ANDERSON – The smell of sawdust and freshly mixed cement filled the air Wednesday morning as Anderson residents continued to build a new home in their community.
Volunteers with the Habitat for Humanity of Madison County pounded away at the foundation of what will eventually support a new house for a single mother of three at 2804 Fairview St.
Blighted structures formerly on ReVere Homes sites weren't properly razed
The Logansport City Council recently approved the expenditure of up to $475,000 for the remediation of properties in the Blight Elimination Program (BEP) that were not properly razed.
At their meeting Monday evening, council members suspended the rules and unanimously passed an ordinance on second reading authorizing the use of up to $300,000 from the Rainy Day fund and up to $175,000 from the CEDIT fund to remediate properties in the BEP program — a statewide program designed to allow municipalities to demolish blighted properties and offer a variety of end uses for the newly cleared properties, including green space and redevelopment.