Blight Elimination Program to Get Underway

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State and local leaders will be in Indianapolis this morning to mark the start of the first demolition project in a $75 million statewide effort to tackle blight. The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann estimates the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program could help remove 4,000 vacant and abandoned homes. September 8, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Mayor Greg Ballard will join Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and other local leaders for the first demolition of a blighted property in Indy funded through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program.

WHO: Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann

Mayor Greg Ballard

State Senator Jim Merritt

Jacob Sipe; Executive Director, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

John Franklin Hay; Executive Director Near East Area Renewal

WHEN: Monday, September 8, 2014

10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Indianapolis, Indiana 46201

INFO: Indiana's Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program is a partnership between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and the U.S. Treasury. The Blight Elimination Program allows IHCDA to provide funding to local units of government to eliminate blighted properties to make space for a variety of end uses on the newly cleared parcels, such as green space or redevelopment.