State Sending Money To NWI To Fight Housing Blight
May 23, 2014 — The city of Gary will receive $6.6 million of $15 million to several Indiana cities, including others in the region, allocated to address blighted homes through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program.
East Chicago and Hammond also received money thru the BEP but the specific amounts aren’t immediately known. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann made the announcement to city officials on Thursday. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson sais she learned of the award announcement after attending a groundbreaking ceremony on the “Jackson Street of Dreams” revitalization project.
Freeman-Wilson hosted a packed community forum last fall where citizens weighed in on the areas in Gary where demolition is needed. It was at that time that the Mayor promised residents that the City of Gary would apply for Hardest Hit funding to address their concerns.
The continued work of the Gary Northside Redevelopment Team, as part of the HUD, EPA, and DOT Partnership for Sustainable Communities, also helped the City staff select targeted neighborhoods and properties for sustainable end-uses as required by the State under the program.