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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 10, 2017

Written by on November 10, 2017

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!

Downtown Louisville, Kentucky (Credit: Ken Lund, flickr, 2006)

National

The GOP targets America’s most loved and hated tax break
“The issue is that a cap on the mortgage-interest deduction—a change that would add billions and billions of dollars to annual government revenues—is in this case being used to finance a tax plan whose primary benefits accrue to the wealthy.”
Alana Semuels | The Atlantic | November 2, 2017

Where evictions hurt the most
“The scope, they found, is wide, and growing: One in five renters recently struggled or were unable to pay their rent, and 3.7 million renters nationwide have experienced an eviction in their lifetime as a renter.”
Sarah Holder | CityLab | October 30, 2017

California

Trial project hopes to improve San Jose vacant storefront blight
“The initiative, proposed by Council Member Raul Peralez, would require landlords to register storefronts vacant at the 30-day mark, unless permits are in place for redevelopment. They would also be required to pay a quarterly registration fee of $202.” 
David Louie | abc 7 News | November 7, 2017

Maryland

1,500 affordable housing units headed for Baltimore could multiply 
“This legal settlement not only requires Maryland to build new units, but also to offer incentives to developers to build affordable family-size housing, and to consider subsidizing transportation alternatives in areas that lack quality public transit.”
Rachel M. Cohen | Next City | October 24, 2017

New York

Syracuse mayor introduces code violations program being piloted on North Side
“Currently, code inspectors are assigned to work citywide, addressing cases individually when complaints are received. Through the new Tenant-Owner-Proactive (TOP) program, code inspectors will be assigned to specific areas determined by block-level data, prioritized by health and safety violations.” 
Sarah Moses | syracuse.com | November 1, 2017

First citywide community land trust announced for NYC
“‘The Interboro Community Land Trust provides a mechanism that will balance access to affordable homeownership for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers with opportunities for building equity that can finance future homeownership, education or other personal needs,’ said Ismene Speliotis, MHANY executive director, in the announcement.” 
Oscar Perry Abello | Next City | October 24, 2017

Oklahoma 

Oklahoma, Texas promote Houston affordable housing effort 
“Oklahoma City has a waiting list of people seeking housing vouchers, but families flooded out by Harvey were moved ahead on the list because of the federally declared disaster, said Richard Marshall, who manages leased housing for the Oklahoma City Housing Authority. Normally such vouchers must be used in the city where they were issued. But if a housing authority agrees, they can be used in another location, [Tory] Gunsolley said.”
The Associated Press | The New York Times | October 31, 2017

Pennsylvania

Wilkinsburg to show off vacant properties 
“‘Vacant Properties Week is a way for us to share information with the community and those interested in acquiring and rehabbing vacant properties in Wilkinsburg,’ [Tracey] Evans said.”
Deana Carpenter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 27, 2017

$1 bounty for each ‘We Buy Houses’ sign, offers W. Philly lawyer
“Nobody likes how the signs look, said [Michael] Froehlich, who works at Community Legal Services, but more important, they disparage the reputation of a community and prey on people facing financial insecurity.” 
Julia Terruso | The Inquirer | October 23, 2017

And, Lastly, a Blight Bright Spot!

(Credit: Brandon Odums)

Artist transforms abandoned buildings in New Orleans with powerful art  
“‘It was a crazy story of how we turned lemons into lemonade. It was a space so many people avoided, and now there was a line. Erykah Badu came to the block party.'”
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman | HuffPost | October 11, 2017

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