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The City of Cleveland Code Enforcement Partnership

June 2009

By Mark Frater, Colleen M. Gilson, Ronald J.H. O'Leary

In early summer 2008, Cleveland identified 8,009 blighted, vacant residential structures that are public nuisances in its neighborhoods—caused in part due to long-term economic loss and in part due to a flood of foreclosures. Cleveland’s Building and Housing Department has fought against this blight by aggressively boarding, condemning, and demolishing nuisance properties, but while vacant, nuisance properties increased, the Department reduced staff levels to stay within its budget. To maximize Building and Housing’s ability to provide effective code enforcement for the whole city, the City formed a partnership with area community development corporations to systematically inspect vacant properties and citizen complaints. The City of Cleveland Code Enforcement Partnership describes the impact of the partnership.