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Gary, Indiana hoping for more federal dollars to continue demolitions

from The Times of Northwest Indiana

Gary, Indiana officials have already used federal funds to knock down nearly 200 abandoned structures and are hoping that recent Congressional action can help them make even more of an impact when it comes to the thousands of blighted buildings in the community. In 2014, Gary was authorized to receive $6.6 million in funding from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program to demolish a minimum of 379 structures. City officials are hoping to knock down a far greater number with that money, but it will still only be a small percentage of the number of blighted and vacant structures in Gary. Last February, the city released the results of a survey that showed the city had 6,794 vacant structures and thousands more that were considered blighted. more

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