Evansville is among many Indiana communities that lack the resources to tackle this growing issue. With that in mind, the state is proposing a program that would reallocate a portion of a federal mortgage assistance fund to pay for the demolition of blighted properties. Communities would then be required to replace them with green space or redevelopment.
"The thousands and thousands of complaints that the city is getting -- those complaints are coming from real people, real people in neighborhoods just like mine and they're not being addressed well. So this money is going to be 'a heaven sent' to removing blighted properties," said Cheryl Musgrave of Evansville.
State officials detailed the program in the public forum Wednesday night at the C.K. Newsome Center. The program and use of funds will have to be approved by the Department of Treasury before the state moves forward.