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Housing upgrades slated for southeast neighborhood; spin-off of TenPoint Coalition

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Can an improved housing stock help a neighborhood rise above the negative influences of crime?

A campaign to fight crime in one southeast Fort Wayne neighborhood is trying a new strategy to improve the quality of life in that area.

The TenPoint Facade Program is being touted as a way to deliver safer and more affordable housing in a section of the Oxford community.

The TenPoint Coalition, which launched in October of last year, featured foot patrols in a limited area near Weisser Park, developing relationships with residents, and generating tips to try and help police crackdown on crime.

The facade program will steer federal housing rehab funds to homeowners in that same area.

John Bugg, a veteran, is getting new gutters, a fresh coat of paint on his house, and a new roof over his head.

“I won’t have to scrounge around for the monies to cover a replacement roof for the house and the garage,” Bugg said.

The first grant dollars are funding a modest start, upgrading five homes on Woodview Boulevard, including work to abate hazardous lead paint.

Iric Headley, who worked to get the TenPoint Coalition crusade off the ground, says the initial vision of curbing violence in the at-risk neighborhood needs to get bigger.

“What we want to start doing is not only measuring the decreases, but measuring the increases. And again this program helps us to increase the quality of life and increase the hope of this community,” Headley said.

He says plans eventually call for the TenPoint Coalition to expand its influence to other neighborhoods outside the Oxford community.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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