A surplus of vacant homes, especially when abandoned or blighted, can detract from a neighborhood’s health in several ways. Poorly maintained structures and lots can drag down surrounding property values and signal a neighborhood’s acceptance of other types of disorder. Unsecured buildings are hazardous in themselves, plus may provide shelter for illegal activities. Our partners are at the forefront of using administrative and community-collected property data to help their communities address these challenges.


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