South Bend has a new plan to deal with vacant and abandoned homes. Now, the city needs to find a way to fund it.
A city task force has recommended tearing down or rebuilding 1,000 vacant homes in the next one 1,000 days. The program could carry a price tag as high as $50 million.
"What the mayor is encouraging his administration to do and also encouraging council is to look to see if there's private sources, federal grants, anything from the state,” (D) First District Councilman Tim Scott says. “We need the county to buy in and help, not so much with funding but maybe from the tax sale maybe houses are donated to the city."
This year, the council doubled its prior appropriation for the demolition of problem properties, but that amounted to $1 million total.