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

A New and Improved Conservatorship

Act 157 will go into effect on December 21, 2014.
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Bill closes blight cleanup loophole

Municipal officials would get more power to force absentee landlords and shell corporations to fix up blighted properties.
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Berks County Commissioners target blighted properties

The plan is to create a county Blighted Property Review Committee.
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Ford City joining growing fight against blight

An effort to restore rundown properties and return them to the tax rolls is being tagged as the “Blight to Life” initiative by the Ford City planning commission.
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Editorial: Battling blight is an important part of fighting crime in Springfield

Springfield Police Department has been working on neighborhood sweeps with the Springfield Code Enforcement division in search of unkempt properties and blight.
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New York’s land banks report statewide progress

Newly launched association releases report highlighting impact
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Legislation to Create a Code Enforcement Fund

The new fund would be administered by the DCED. Grants of up to $100k would be awarded for the establishment or expansion of code enforcement programs designed to mitigate or remediate blight.
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