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How to stop predatory land contracts and rent-to-own scams: require habitability

Written by on September 19, 2017

Any views or opinions represented in this blog post belong solely to the guest blog author.  By: Sarah B. Mancini and Margot Saunders, National Consumer Law Center The historical abuse of “contract for deed” transactions to drain communities of color of home equity is well documented. In these land contracts, the would-be homeowner pays principal and…

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May 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on May 6, 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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Michigan Legislative Update – 2015 Year in Review

Written by on December 18, 2015

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! Since our November 2015 update, two new bills of interest were introduced (see Senate Bill 673 under…

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Do Urban Neighborhoods Need Homeowners?

Written by on December 9, 2014

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog At a conference I attended last week, one of the speakers, a colleague whose judgment and knowledge I respect, offered his take on the future of urban single family neighborhoods. The lower income families who have the credit and can get together the down payment to…

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Louisiana passes ballot initiative to return properties to the tax rolls faster

Written by on November 12, 2014

Election Day was a noisy affair: big headlines, big news stories, and a deluge of television coverage, focused mainly on federal elections. Flying mostly below the radar, however, voters also opted “yay” or “nay” on a number of ballot initiatives that could have a big impact on their states. In Louisiana, 54% of voters passed a…

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Election day: Local leadership is critical to revitalization

Written by on November 4, 2014

Voters across the nation stream to the polls today in our annual democratic exercise, weighing the promises from candidates in how best to address some of our pressing challenges. At the local level, I doubt there is much variance among the top concerns shared by residents and families: taxes, jobs, crime, and blight. As a…

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Just launched! A new “311” resource for cities

Written by on May 22, 2014

You’ve heard of 311 for city residents, but now there’s a new “311” just for city officials. The National Resource Network: New Solutions for Cities will act as a 311 hub for city officials across the country to get advice and best-practices, becoming a go-to resource on issues ranging from unemployment, to under-performing schools, to vacant and abandoned…

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Webcast: Community Progress speaks on vacant properties and land banks at HUD

Written by on April 18, 2014

In conjunction with the release of HUD’s latest issue of “Evidence Matters,” Kim Graziani and Alan Mallach were invited to speak at HUD’s Quarterly Briefing last week. They were joined by U.S. Representative and Community Progress co-founder Dan Kildee (MI), Yolanda Chavez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, and…

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The Housing Recovery: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Written by on January 3, 2014

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog The housing market is coming back. Finally, after listening to false hopes and promises for the last few years, it may really be happening. New construction starts, existing house sales, and house prices have all been inching up steadily for long enough that it can actually…

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The feds bow out: We’re on our own

Written by on October 31, 2013

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog Yes, the federal government is back in business. After 16 days and untold billions in lost earnings and wasted dollars, the Republican extortionists more or less threw in the towel, released their hostages on temporary parole until February, and snuffled back to their hiding places, bloodied,…

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