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Columbus receives grant to eliminate housing 'blight'


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Columbus has received $760,000 from the state to help the city eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced that Columbus and seven other local entities had received a combined $6.5 million in the fourth of six rounds of awards given through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program.

That funding is available as part of the $221.7 million that the state received from the federal government, of which the state was able to set aside $75 million for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to use for the Blight Elimination Program.

The program seeks to help prevent avoidable foreclosures by eliminating blighted and abandoned homes and to help stabilize property values.

Mayor Kristen Brown said winning a small portion of that funding will allow the city to purchase and tear down about three dozen dilapidated properties.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Republic.

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