The National Guard has an innovative program call “Clean and Seal” providing temporary relief for communities struggling with abandoned properties.

The guardsmen donate their time, effort, and tools through the Nation Guard’s Counterdrug Joint Task Force.

Most recently, guardsmen were in Shamokin PA, boarding 18 abandoned and neglected properties.

To learn more please click on the following links to local media coverage:

National Guard Boarding up Abandoned Homes in Shamokin to Combat Drug Use

Homes boarded up in Shamokin: ‘Clean and seal’ by national guard at 18 properties

To view a report, including the text of a resolution asking for similar assistance, from Johnstown PA, please click here.

Similar initiatives have occurred in other states, such as this report from Corpus Christi, TX