Fighting Blight in the Northeast-Midwest Region: Assessing the Federal Response to Vacant and Abandoned Properties

Vacant and abandoned property is a problem that in recent decades has plagued many Northeast and Midwest cities still recovering from post-industrial population and job loss. In many cases, the foreclosure crisis has exacerbated the problem. This report:characterizes the state of vacant and abandoned property in cities within the Northeast-Midwest region, in general, and the Great Lakes sub-region, in particular; provides a brief overview of local approaches to addressing blight; inventories federal programs that support rehabilitation, demolition, and land reuse; describes federal legislative efforts in the 114th Congress; and assesses federal resources and makes policy recommendations to improve support.

2016 Fighting Blight in NEMW