Champaign Joins Program to Reduce Vacant Homes


CHAMPAIGN - City residents may soon see fewer vacant homes.

Champaign has now become part of the state's Building Blocks program, which provides incentives for people purchasing vacant homes.

Available to low-moderate income families, the program provides up to $10,000 for down payment and closing costs.

Champaign city officials say it will nicely complement their own initiatives, for instance their vacant-buildings ordinance.

Passed in October 2012, the ordinance requires all property owners to maintain vacant buildings.

Currently, there are over 2200 vacant homes in Champaign, over 6 percent of all houses in the city.

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