The issue of vacant and abandoned properties has been a major concern for South Bend and cities like us throughout the Midwest. The economic shocks of past decades, combined with population shifts and changes in the housing market, have combined to leave communities like ours with more houses than families can fill, and many teetering on the brink between demolition and rehabilitation.
On February 27, 2013, with the release of the Vacant & Abandoned Properties Task Force Report, Mayor Buttigieg called for 1,000 abandoned houses to be addressed in 1,000 days. The Mayor explained that the 1,000 properties would be addressed through a combination of programs focused on both rehabilitation and demolition. The goal completion date is November 24, 2015.