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Official Visit

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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On Thursday, Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham (middle) and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (right) talk to local realtors about the housing market. Skillman was in town to see the progress of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and to visit an NSP home, located at 910 W. North Street. [Order this photo]
*Skillman receives NSP update

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman visited Brazil Thursday afternoon to see the progress of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in the area.

She toured one home, located at 910 W. North Street, and talked with people involved with the program, as well as local officials.

Skillman said she is on what she calls the Hoosier Crossroads Tour, during which she will be visiting all 92 Indiana counties.

"Here, I'm looking at the progress of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program," Skillman said. "This was a much larger grant; we administered more than $1.4 million ... and (NSP) has constructed, reconstructed or have sites ready for 13 homes here (in Brazil) and all have been sold but three, so that's great progress.

"The grant to Brazil was in May of 2009, so during tough economic times they brought the right partners together and fulfilled their promise to the State and Federal Government."

Skillman said it was important for communities to have affordable housing and NSP has provided just that.

"Every community has a need for safe, high quality and affordable housing, and here in Brazil, they've taken steps to make that happen," she said.

Skillman also added that she was impressed with the house on North Street, which has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

"It's very spacious; (it has) lots of storage. It's energy efficient -- it has Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification, (which) means (it's) energy efficient, and the new homeowners can be assured they would have a very reasonable energy bill," Skillman said.

She said this wasn't the first time she's been to Clay County and said she has recently visited Great Dane and spoke at a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

According to Peter Hunt, NSP program manager, the NSP program is a response to the foreclosure crisis.

"It's about pumping some money into communities that have been hit with foreclosures," Hunt said, "... to try and either refurbish them ...or redevelop them so we can bring lower to middle income families back into these neighborhoods."

Hunt said the goal of the NSP is to inject life back into neighborhoods, by bringing high quality homes to areas that need them.



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