Toledo, OH – In 2008, TUSA pushed for and won a City Ordinance which created a vacant property registry. This registry empowers the City to hold landlords accountable for proper upkeep of their properties and acts as an important tool to better identify problem areas so that the City can be proactive in stabilizing older neighborhoods. Lucas County Commissioner Wozniak also agreed to work with TUSA to reduce foreclosures through a foreclosure mediation program. Due to TUSA’s efforts, a Vacant Property Action Council was created in September 2008. This Council engages professionals from local City and County governments as well as the public and private sectors to pool resources to address vacant properties in the community.
Jacksonville, FL – On several occasions from 1996 to 2005, ICARE brought to the attention of the Mayor’s Office a number of infrastructure improvement areas identified by ICARE’s membership. Over 250 areas had been identified, including those that needed street repairs, removal of abandoned buildings, improved street lighting, and drainage improvements. In 2004, ICARE brought a list of 30 run down properties, “The Dirty 30,” to city officials. By the fall of 2005, full clean-up operations had been conducted in all of these areas.