SOUTH BEND-- 1,000 homes in 1,000 days is a top priority for the city of South Bend in 2014, which is why a preliminary budget calls for doubling the amount that goes in to this initiative.
Under the current budget, $1 million was allocated to address vacant and abandoned homes in the city, and in 2014, South Bend is hoping the City Council will approve $2 million for the effort.
Paula Rogers lives on the corner of Johnson Street and Vassar Avenue. She says, "When you come through here, you see all these abandoned houses, grass that's grown up high because nobody's taking care of them."
She thinks putting more money toward the initiative will help improve the look and safety of her neighborhood.
She adds, "We love our neighborhood and want to take care of our neighborhood then let the city help us by doing what taking care of the abandoned houses."