Blight/Land Banks

Hundreds of thousands of blighted or abandoned buildings are spread across Pennsylvania, impeding community and economic development programs and conveying images of old, worn out communities.

At the Housing Alliance, we see these properties in our communities not as the eyesores they are today, but as untapped assets that provide land for redevelopment. Abandoned land, when transformed into productive re-use, is a critical opportunity for our older communities to modernize, revitalize, and grow, and to improve the quality of life for neighbors who are already there.

While addressing blight is a local concern, the solutions are largely enabled by state law. Over the past several years the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in response to demand by local communities, has begun to modernize antiquated laws that stand in the way of local efforts. New individual laws are beginning to weave a policy infrastructure to transform blighted and abandoned property into quality homes people can afford, gardens and farms for fresh food, new businesses and industries that create local jobs.

Check out PAblightlibrary.com for a collection of land bank resources as well as the digital version of “Blight to Bright” a manual of effective tools available to return vacant properties to productive use. 

News for Blight/Land Banks

Allegheny County Tri-COG Land Bank finally a reality

Allegheny County Council on Tuesday authorized the county to enter a land bank agreement with local municipalities and school districts.
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Wilkes-Barre NIT targets blight, shuts down nuisance properties

The city’s Neighborhood Impact Team shut down several properties for code violations and notified owners to take care of high grass, garbage and other nuisances.
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PHFA issues RFP for use of Marcellus Shale/PHARE funding to improve housing

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing in the Marcellus Shale region of the state. The deadline for proposal submission is 2 p.m. on August 12.
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Affordable Housing Task Force Findings and Recommendations to Mayor William Peduto and the Pittsburgh City Council

Through research, discussion, and community and stakeholder engagement, the Task Force has arrived at recommendations that respond to both the assumption and the realities of affordable housing in the city.

Housing task force: $10 million Pittsburgh trust fund needed

An annual $10 million housing trust fund, expanding the use of the existing 4 percent low-income housing tax credit and protection of existing homeowners and tenants should all be part of Pittsburgh’s strategy for maintaining and growing its supply of affordable housing, according to a report issued Tuesday.
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Harrison official seeks blight crackdown

Harrison Commissioner Charles Dizard wants the township to take a more aggressive approach toward addressing blight in the township.
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Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Holds Third Land Bank Summit

At the summit, the Housing Alliance publically released two new blight publications that share the whys and hows of blight remediation planning and forming and operating a land bank.
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Land Bank Summit Materials

Presentations from the PA Land Bank Summit on eliminating blight and operating landbanks.

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