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

LTE: Expand Housing Fund's Reach

The Pennsylvania Housing Trust Fund needs to be expanded so that all counties in Pennsylvania can benefit.
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New "Land Bank" to Fight Blight

A Land Bank will be established in Lackawanna County, and will acquire and develop abandoned and tax-delinquent properties.
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How cities are starting to turn back decades of creeping urban blight

This is the first in Policy Solutions, a Wonkblog continuing series examining policies that work.
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Bill would target money to fight blight

A bill that would allow counties to collect up to $15 on deeds and mortgages they record to establish a demolition fund for use on blighted properties.
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A sampling of efforts to fight blight in Appalachia

Efforts to rehabilitate vacant or dilapidated property have sprung up around Appalachia, with states in the region taking varying approaches.
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Pittston Area SB tables vote on deal with land bank

Proposals for the arrangements were first presented to the board during the April’s regular meeting.
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Attorney general sues landlord with a history of violations

Landlord is being sued under Pennsylvania’s Consumer Protection Law.
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