Abandoned Housing Inventory

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Intent on tackling the City’s problem with abandoned homes, Mayor Peterson asked CAP:IC students to walk every street in the developed portions of Indianapolis to inventory and document the condition of every vacant house.  Students counted more than 8,000 vacant homes, noting probable signs of abandonment, including boarded windows, missing utilities, or structural damage.  This information, when coupled with tax delinquencies and utility records, provided the City with its first ever snapshot of the abandoned housing problem.  This partnership was continued during CAP:IC’s Indy Land Bank project.