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Housing and Neighborhood Health
Marion County Health Department
3838 N. Rural Indianapolis, IN 46205
The Department's goals of protecting public health and safety as well
as reversing neighborhood deterioration are achieved primarily through the
housing and sanitation code inspection program.
Accomplishing these objectives requires a large amount of voluntary
cooperation by both property owners and tenants. However, when necessary,
Marion County's Environmental Court is used to resolve remaining
violations. Comprehensive, long-term solutions for residential
environmental problems also require a cooperative approach. The department
attempts to coordinate and integrate its activities with organizations
that pursue related objectives. In addition, efforts are made to include
active neighborhood groups in the planning process. All of the citizen's
concerns are thoroughly investigated. For example, illegal dumping laws
are enforced through an agreement with the City of Indianapolis. The
number of tickets and fines issued exceeded those for all prior years. The
department also handles other significant public health problems such as
alternative housing, hotel/motel and mobile home inspections.
The Housing Department is making a difference in the community. Our
staff continues to work hard with block clubs and neighborhood groups to
help solve neighborhood problems. The issuance of sanitation orders and
occupied and vacant structure orders continues to make a positive impact
in the neighborhoods. This year has seen us form even stronger
partnerships with many different agencies and organizations, code
compliance committees, neighborhood organizations and concerned citizens.
We will continue to inspect homes to identify and eliminate potential
sources of lead contamination.
Issuing housing orders on substandard houses and bringing them into compliance continue to be our main activities. Issuing
sanitation orders, bringing properties into compliance and getting trash cleaned up is also a high priority.
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