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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – April 21, 2016

Written by on April 21, 2016
Breathing Lights (Credit: Hyers + Mebane)

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National Another…

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Treasury announces final allocation of $1B in Hardest Hit Funds

Written by on April 20, 2016
Fifth Round HHF Allocations

Thirteen of the 19 participating Hardest Hit Fund states will receive additional dollars allocated through a competitive application process that required state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to demonstrate an ongoing need for additional funding to prevent foreclosure and stabilize markets. According to Treasury, states receiving additional funds under the final allocation submitted reasonable plans of…

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This Tax Day, making the case for property tax reform in Detroit

Written by on April 15, 2016
Homes_LT

  Ineffective property tax systems can have a detrimental community impact. They weaken the delivery of services that improve quality of life for local residents – from essential functions like public safety, to supportive services like enforcement of property maintenance standards. Many of the cities that we work in face a shrinking population, widespread property…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – April 8, 2016

Written by on April 11, 2016
Vacant land in New Orleans (Credit: Luke Telander for Community Progress)

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National Growing…

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April 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on March 30, 2016
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This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – March 25, 2016

Written by on March 25, 2016
Jackson

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! Indiana Efforts…

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The REAL rental housing issue

Written by on March 16, 2016
Small multifamily buildings in Springfield, Ma., courtesy of Google Earth, Alan Mallach.

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog We know a few things about the majority of very low-income renters: They live in private market housing, not tax credit projects or public housing. They receive no housing subsidies. They are paying far more than they can afford for what is too often substandard housing…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – March 11, 2016

Written by on March 11, 2016
Urban Garden in Detroit (Credit: Luke Telander for Center for Community Progress,  2014)

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National Mapping…

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Three new communities selected for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program

Written by on March 8, 2016
Baltimore TASP

Community Progress launched the competitive Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) in 2014, to help us find and support today’s pioneers in the work to reclaim and revitalize problem properties. TASP seeks out communities that are ready to effect positive change on the ground and that could become innovative models from which others will learn. Today,…

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March 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on March 4, 2016
Michigan State Capitol (Credit: Jan Davis Ruthig)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! Details on key movements on bills since our last update are below. NEW FEATURE: To see an…

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