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Richmond will pass 200-home milestone before Blight Elimination Program ends

RICHMOND, Ind. — Five years ago, city officials put the word out that they were looking for dilapidated homes to buy and tear down as part of a new blight elimination program being offered by the state.

The initial hope was to gather 70-plus properties that could be included in an application to be sent to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Instead, they ended up with 82 and won what would turn out to be the first of three rounds of funding.

In the years since, there's been no problem in finding willing property owners who were eager to have the city help them get rid of a rundown house they couldn't afford to fix up.

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