Covid – 19 National & State Resource Reference Page

Update April 30th Center for Community Progress Recent article explores ways to prevent or mitigate the destabilizing community impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic through six initial interventions local governments to minimize commercial and residential propertyREAD MORE

“Neighborhood Zombie Watch Program”

Following up on Erie County (NY) ZOMBIES Initiative, County Clerk Mickey Kearns unveiled the next phase called “Neighborhood Zombie Watch Program”. Kearns announced that the new watch program will allow county officials to place signsREAD MORE

Pushback…..on Registration Fees

Historically concerns have been raised regarding excessive fees associated with vacant property registries. A recent report in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press discusses an instance where the $2,000+ fee resulted in additional hardships for aREAD MORE

Another Broken Dream?

WKSU, Kent State University’s public radio station recently focused on the housing market in Youngstown, OH and a new problem arising a decade after the housing bubble. The February 25th report focuses on lease-to-own contractsREAD MORE

California SB 1079 Residential Property Warehousing

On February 19th 2020, State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced Senate Bill 1079 titled, “Residential Property Warehousing” Please see below for media coverage and for an overview of the requirements that would drastically amend theREAD MORE

“Invest & Neglect” Lawsuit

As opposed to targeting individual properties and individual owner, the City of Detroit is taking a different, and aggressive approach challenging the overall philosophy of “Invest & Neglect”. In addition to the three complaints inREAD MORE

West Virginia Takes Aim at Blight

Several bills have been introduced into the West Virginia Legislature. Interesting about the first one, there is no indication where local governments will receive funding for this initiative.  House Bill 4097 ” requiring municipalities to maintainREAD MORE

Productive Use Strategies

Non-Profit Partnerships “One strategy in particular is making a resurgence: the reuse of uninhabited and abandoned properties for low-income affordable homeownership.” This quote comes from a recent article in NPQ (Non-Profit Quarterly). The article discussesREAD MORE

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