Flexibility in Duluth, MN

The Duluth City Council has amended an ordinance in an attempt to jump-start repairs to abandoned housing throughout the community. The revised ordinance is intended to remove a financial obstacle for people looking to redevelopREAD MORE

GAO Report on “Zombie Foreclosures”

On March 5th, 2021 the US Government Accountability Office released a report titled, “Home Foreclosures Sales: FHA, Rural Housing Service, and VA Could Better Align Program Metrics with Their Missions” Why GAO Did This StudyREAD MORE

Pennsylvania House Bill 372

On February 3rd HB 372 was introduced and referred to the Committee of Urban Affairs. HB 372 is titled “An Act providing for foreclosed property maintenance; imposing powers and duties on the Department of CommunityREAD MORE

Good Intentions……Lien Assignment Program

A recent article in the Herald Democrat discusses a four month old program that “is probably on life support”. The program allowed Denison TX to put municipal liens on vacant properties up for sale. CityREAD MORE

Tuscaloosa Silo Busting Anti-Blight Initiative

City of Tuscaloosa & The University of Alabama-Culverhouse College of Commerce & Business Admin have developed a new patent-pending camera-based system to streamline the battle against deteriorating properties. This system involves cameras mounted on cityREAD MORE

Neighborhood Homes Investment Act

The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act has been re-introduced in the Senate as S. 98. Bipartisan legislation titled The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act calls for the creation of a new federal tax credit that will produceREAD MORE

Creative Strategies for Increasing Commercial Vacancies

Two communities recently announced specific strategies to address an increase in commercial vacancies. Brookhaven NY “Floating Zones” The redevelopment districts are what planning officials call a “floating zone” that can be superimposed on a specificREAD MORE

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