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Indiana Blight Elimination Program
In recognition of the severity of the foreclosure crisis nationwide, the US Department of Treasury created the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) in 2009 to cover mortgage payments for the unemployed. Through HHF, the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has provided roughly $24 million to households throughout the state. In late 2013, IHCDA received approval to devote $75 million in HHF funds to demolition of unsafe abandoned structures in targeted neighborhoods. The goal of the new Blight Elimination Program (BEP) is to demolish abandoned homes and stabilize property values in Indiana communities. The proposed partnership between IHCDA and Indiana municipalities would allow communities to demolish blighted properties and offer a variety of end uses for the newly cleared properties including green space and redevelopment, thus stabilizing homeowner property values and increasing safety in communities across Indiana. For this effort to be successful, communities must build capacity to craft and implement strategies to redevelop vacant lots on which demolished structures once stood; the VISTA member will work closely with BEP staff and consultants to develop and implement plans to build that capacity. Just as importantly, we must be able to monitor the end use of properties on which blighted structures once stood and the impact of that new end use on crime, property values and community stability. To help us ensure that the Blight Elimination Program results in not only the elimination of blighted structures but also the timely, appropriate and productive re-use of those parcels to enhance local communities' tax base and neighborhood integrity, a key deliverable for the proposed placement is a system to track/monitor end uses and the impact of those end uses on neighborhood conditions.
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Member Duties : 3. Key components for this position include: (1) Develop a thorough understanding of asset preservation practices in the state and of the Hardest Hit Fund; (2) With support from Asset Preservation staff, develop and implement mechanisms to solicit community, partner and lender feedback on optimal re-use strategies for vacant land in local communities; (3) Work with IHCDA staff and partner agencies to develop a plan that is both responsive to that feedback and in accord with best practices in land use; (4) Work with IHCDA staff, consultants and partner agencies to communicate that plan to and solicit feedback from low-income homeowners/community residents; (5) Work with IHCDA staff and partner agencies to implement the plan; (6) Develop documentation related to the work the VISTA completes during his or her term, allowing IHCDA staff to build upon and consolidate the gains we have made during the VISTA's term.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Communications . 
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Indiana Blight Elimination Program

Program Start/End Date
09/15/2014  -   09/14/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations INDIANA  

Accepting Applications
From  05/25/2014  To  07/01/2014 

Contact Joseph Palus
30 S Meridian St
Indianapolis   IN   46204
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 56149