The Blight Elimination Program is an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) funded-effort to reduce the negative impacts of blighted and abandoned homes by demolishing those beyond repair.
A partnership between local governments and the State of Indiana, this program brings new green and opportunity for redevelopment while removing homes that have a negative influence on nearby property values, crime, and neighborhood identity.
The City of Richmond has taken part of this program since 2015, and as the effort comes to a close in the fall of 2019, 203 blighted houses will have been demolished and the land returned to an end user. The end user can be a variety of entities. For example, adjacent property owners have acquired some newly empty lots, developers have applied to receive others, and still others have been turned over to Habitat for Humanity for use in their programs. In other cases, the original property owner retains ownership of the lot.