$1 homes for sale in Gary, Indiana

June 7, 2013 9:59:38 AM PDT
A bold program aimed at reviving parts of Gary, Indiana, is under way. Starting Friday, people can get applications to buy vacant homes for $1.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced the updated version of the Dollar Home Program, which was used successfully in the 1980s and '90s.

The city of Gary will offer 13 houses for sale for $1. Freeman-Wilson said she hopes will help residents want to stay in the city.

The Post-Tribune reports all of the houses featured in the dollar home program are owned by the city and located in the University Park neighborhood.

Freeman-Wilson says she bought a $1 home 25 years ago through a Department of Housing and Urban Development program while she was working as a deputy prosecutor. She says the purchase had an "overwhelming impact" on her life and desire to contribute to the city.

Freeman-Wilson pledged to revive the program during her 2011 campaign. About 25 percent of Gary's homes are abandoned.


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