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Indianapolis homes initiative surpasses goal with 2,500 homes rehabbed

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Thursday, Indianapolis hit a major milestone in the beautification of the city. 

The “2,000 Homes Initiative” not only met but surpassed its goal — and ahead of time. 

Mayor Joe Hogsett’s idea was to address 2,000 homes that were blighted or abandoned within two years.

The mayor announced Thursday that more than 2,500 homes have been demolished, rehabbed or transformed since the initiative’s inception.

“When a property is left abandoned, often times bad things happen structurally, but they also attract a criminal element. So to rehab or remodel and bring a home back to life housing a family helps uplift the neighborhood, make it safer and enjoy a better quality of life,” Hogsett said.

Several of the homes restored are in the Riverside neighborhood on the city’s west side.