Residential » Abandoned Housing Initiative


In January of 2008, the Bates Hendricks Neighborhood Association (BHNA), supported by an Imagine grant, sponsored a street by street inventory of all vacant and abandoned houses in their neighborhood. Using this information, BHNA was able to identify their "Dirty Thirty" - the worst homes in the neighborhood - and begin aggressively addressing these problem properties. Letters were written to property owners, data was collected of code violations and police runs, and neighbors began to remonstrate against these properties in court. After two years, ten properties on this list were remediated in some way.

In July of 2010, the Southeast Neighborhood Congress adopted objectives designed to take the pilot program in the Bates Hendricks neighborhood to full scale in Southeast Indianapolis. In August, supported by a Southeast Learning Partnership grant, 40 residents inventoried nearly 900 blocks using a standardized survey. Southeast Neighborhood Development provided staffing to collect all this data into spreadsheets and GIS maps.


The purpose of this initiative is to give neighborhood leaders, institutions, funders, and city officials a better handle on the scope of the problem of abandoned properties in Southeast Indianapolis. In addition, based on the experience of Bates Hendricks residents, it is hoped that this data will allow Southeast residents to better address the worst properties in their neighborhoods. Data was collected, organized and mapped around several key concerns:

This site allows you to view the composite maps for Southeast Indianapolis as well as maps for every neighborhood association with the Southeast Indianapolis boundaries. Spreadsheets with all mapping data are included in the PDF documents for individual neighborhoods.

Survey Maps and Data