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South Bend could receive part of $75 million for abandoned homes

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The State of Indiana will put a $75 million grant towards demolishing abandoned homes, and it looks like South Bend could get some of that money.

Cities and counties across the state can apply for a portion of that grant starting this month, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg says South Bend already has their homework done.

Fixing South Bend's vacant and abandoned homes problem has been a major part of Mayor Pete Buttigieg's administration, and he says with some help from the state, this could move the initiative at a faster pace.

"The good news about having this potential injection of federal money through the state is that it takes off some of the pressure from local tax payers," says Mayor Buttigieg, "It allows us to do more. The other thing is the more money we have to work with, the more we can do rehabilitations instead of demolitions, because repairing a home usually costs more than tearing it down."

Mayor Buttigieg says in the next few days, they're expecting to hear back more from the state as far as an exact timeline of when they can start applying for the grant. The Mayor's Abandoned Homes Task Force started last year, and more than 100 homes have already been torn down or repaired.

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