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Welcome to the Abandoned Housing Initiative Website!


 To establish a formalized plan and implementation strategy designed to reduce the number of abandoned and vacant houses in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area; that includes immediate, short-term and long-term actions to preserve and enhance safety and appearance of our community.    To partner with our community to promote safety, crime prevention and protection of life, property, and the rights of all our citizens.

Abandoned and vacant houses are unsightly and attract activity that is detrimental to the quality of life in our neighborhoods. To combat this problem the City of Indianapolis, under the leadership of Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, is seeking to find creative solutions to this problem. 

The City has worked diligently to assess the problem, implement policy changes to speed up the process of moving abandoned houses towards redevelopment, and create long and short-term strategies to tackle the issue.

  We identify four initial steps the City, recognizing there are policy issues embedded in these steps that must be addressed:

1:         Demonstrate capacity to stabilize neighborhoods.

The City has the opportunity and responsibility to build its capacity to engage in Level 1 activities to decrease the risk of investing in those neighborhoods, as described above:  code enforcement, public safety, acquiring properties through tax sale process, successfully maintaining properties in the Indy Land Bank, and attending to public infrastructure. 

 2:         Determine geographic priorities.

The naming of specific neighborhoods where focused initiatives and investment will occur is always challenging, for a variety of political and substantive reasons.  The City is considering:

  • county wide code enforcement in areas where high abandonment, foreclosure, and crime rates intersect, no matter where that occurs in Marion County.

…simultaneous to…

  • neighborhood specific code enforcement focus where comprehensive community development plans are in place.

The NSP plan has identified 11 targeted areas that would qualify for the NSP funds.  The City will develop a plan which more specifically targets specific neighborhoods, but will also coordinate that plan with other existing plans or proposed projects throughout the community in order to leverage the most benefit from all of the funds.

 3:         Convene redevelopment planning council.

A redevelopment strategy involves strategic intervention in neighborhood housing markets.  The context and rationale for these strategic interventions are defined in a longer term redevelopment strategy that integrates comprehensive community development plans for neighborhoods.  As a second phase of the NSP planning in December, 2008 and January, 2009, a task force will be established to more precisely define where and how the NSP funds should be used in the 11 targeted areas.     That task force will solicit significant public input as they finalize the NSP plans.

The factors leading properties to become abandoned are several and interrelated.  The number of abandoned properties is immense.  The current economic environment, with increasing foreclosures, makes the challenge only more difficult.

 A difficult challenge requires focus, determination, coordination, and investment of time and resources.  We will learn from our efforts and improve wherever possible to leverage our limited resources to their highest long-term strategic value.  To that end, this plan is a living document that will be amended as our efforts lead to results that require further investment or change.

For a complete narrative of the Abandoned Housing Initiative Action Plan, please go to the following link:

Abandoned Housing Initiative Action Plan

Possible Vacant Property Locations in Marion County

2008 MCSD Auctioned Foreclosed Properties

Additional information about the Vacant Housing Project and the history can be found on this website.

See also the Sitemap for other links.



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