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 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

Lower Swatara Township considers joining Dauphin County Land Bank

The county initiated Pennsylvania's first land bank authority in May 2013.
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Land bank to open for business, but houses wanted

What the land bank has to offer will largely depend on the political will of district Council members.
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New state law closes loophole for rental code violations

The state is making it easier to crack down on absentee owners.
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On the House: Manual offers tips on transforming vacant properties

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Alan Heavens calls out Blight to Bright as a tool that offers communities and neighborhoods a way of turning vacant properties to productive use.
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Homes Within Reach 2014: Presenter Resources

A selection of presenter submitted resources from Homes Within Reach 2014 presentations.

Land Bank board OKs strategic plan for Council's consideration

The plan is a blueprint for returning vacant and tax delinquent properties to productive reuse.
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Westmoreland County Land Bank Purchases Former Hospital Site

The 6.7- acre site has been abandoned since 2006 and poses a significant health and safety hazard.

A New and Improved Conservatorship

Act 157 will go into effect on December 21, 2014.
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