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. 


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News for Blight/Land Banks

2nd Annual Land Bank Summit

Presented by the Housing Alliance of PA at the 2014 PAHRA Spring Conference & Expo
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Westmoreland land bank ready to go to work

Ten municipalities have joined the Westmoreland County Land Bank, enough for the fledgling initiative to begin buying blighted properties.
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Erie City Council members say land bank worth exploring

A land bank could make sense locally to effectively fight blight and manage troubled or vacant properties.
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Land bank could be good investment for Erie

The city of Erie has taken a step forward to wipe out blight and return properties to the tax rolls by exploring how Erie could use a land bank.
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Consultant: Erie good candidate for land bank

Housing expert, John Kromer is working with the Erie Redevelopment Authority to determine whether a local land bank makes sense.
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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signs land bank legislation

The mayor credited the bill's sponsor, Councilwoman Deborah Gross, for shepherding the controversial proposal through.
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A crash course in Tax Foreclosure Reform 101

The connection between tax foreclosure reform and neighborhood revitalization.
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