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

New committee will provide recommendations to fight Scranton blight

Mayor Bill Courtright formed the blight committee and tasked members with bringing recommendations back to the administration.
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How Much Sprawl Costs America?

Another Great Reason to Use our Land Banks.
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Nonprofit works to revive East Mount Airy

Conservatorship Helping Community Development,
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City of Flint adopts Beyond Blight Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework, offering model for other cities

With a five-year implementation timeline, the Framework uses a data-driven approach that brings increased transparency and clarity to the scale of the challenge.
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Pittsburgh hopes land bank will fix 'broken' system

Last year, city council passed legislation backed by Mayor Bill Peduto to establish a Pittsburgh Land Bank.
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Taking a No-Holds-Barred Approach to Blight

A Three-Part Webinar Series by Local Officials for Local Officials

Court ruling bolsters power of urban land banks

A Michigan appeals court agrees urban land banks get first crack at tax-foreclosed parcels before speculators.

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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