Affected Neighbors With a Seat at the Table

Update November 11, 2022 The legislation has now been enacted. For more information, please click here. Newly proposed ordinance in Louisville, KY would provide neighbors of a “Criminal Activity Nuisance” the ability to directly confrontREAD MORE

City-owned blight

Recent ordinance introduced to New Orleans (LA) City Council, would require the creation of an annual public list of all blighted or vacant city-owned properties, their current conditions and the estimated cost to bring dilapidatedREAD MORE

Baltimore In-rem Foreclosure Program

In March, we provided an Op-Ed from the Baltimore Sun  with concerns over Baltimore’s planned initiatives to address vacant homes. Now movement has occurred on one of the initiatives – the in-rem tax foreclosure. For moreREAD MORE

The State of Land Banking 2022

The Center for Community Progress created the National Land Bank Network (NLBN). At the 2022 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, they provided an overview of what NLBN is, the state of land banks in the UnitedREAD MORE

Abandoned Cars Cause Crime, Not Just Blight

“Abandoned vehicles have long been a problem in Oakland. The city has increased resources and manpower to address not just cars but the illegal activity they encourage.” A recent article in Governing discusses the consequencesREAD MORE

When Landlords Hide Behind LLCs

A new Shelterforce article discusses the difficulties communities face in to knowing who owns a property due to the increasing numbers of “LLCs”. “This type of hidden ownership is linked to deteriorating housing and a lackREAD MORE

Moving from “Shaming” to Partnering

Erie County (NY) Clerk Michael P. Kearns, while in all likelihood not abandoning his “Bank Shame Campaign” announced a new program called the “Good Neighbor Project”. This new project is “designed to hold servicers ofREAD MORE