Hammond board OKs agreements with United Neighborhoods Inc.

2013-07-17T20:15:00Z 2013-07-17T20:58:04Z Hammond board OKs agreements with United Neighborhoods Inc.Anna Ortiz anna.ortiz@nwi.com nwitimes.com
July 17, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | The Hammond Redevelopment Commission recently approved agreements that would provide up to $30,000 for a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Hammond's housing market.

The two agreements with United Neighborhoods Inc. are for up to $15,000 each. However, Executive Director Alexius Barber said United Neighborhoods Inc. keeps costs down as much as possible.

"The support we've received from the city and the mayor's office is overwhelming. They believe in what we're doing," Barber said. "That's why this has been so successful. We're all working toward the same goal."

United Neighborhoods Inc. finds abandoned and empty homes in need of repair and remodels the structures to selling condition. The homes are then sold at affordable prices with flexible payment options. United Neighborhoods Inc. has a goal of repairing and selling three to five homes in Hammond per year.

It takes a total of three to six months to complete an average project, Barber said.

"In home ownership as a whole, residents feel more a part of the area and the culture," Barber said. "They feel more accountable, too, as to what goes on in the neighborhoods."

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