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

Written by on April 21, 2016

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

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

  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

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 April 1, 2016

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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