Blight Elimination Program in Fort Wayne. (WOWO Photo)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and other officials highlighted Fort Wayne's efforts to eliminate blighted homes in the city.
The Mayor says thanks to $7.5 million dollars in federal funding, administered by the state of Indiana, more than 300 homes will be removed.
The program is directed through the Indiana Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination program. Lt. Governor Ellspermann said more than $75 million has been earmarked for Indiana. When finished about 4,000 homes could be removed.
The homes selected are based an at-risk criteria that measures structural viability and public safety risks. That includes the record of police or fire calls to the address.
All totaled as many as 1,200 homes in the city are considered blighted.