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What’s the deal with rural land banks? A Q&A with West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation Executive Director Taylor Bennett
February 27, 2024
What’s the deal with rural land banks? A Q&A with West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation Executive Director Taylor Bennett

Land banks can help rural communities deal with vacant, abandoned, and dilapidated properties.

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How to Prevent and Reduce Illegal Dumping
February 5, 2024
How to Prevent and Reduce Illegal Dumping

Cities spend millions each year cleaning up illegal dumping. What if they tried to make vacant lots less appealing to dumping in the first place?

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Tips for a Successful Session Proposal for the 2024 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
January 30, 2024
Tips for a Successful Session Proposal for the 2024 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

How to write a session proposal for the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference that will get noticed.

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New Study Shows Land Bank Ownership of Vacant Lots Can Reduce Violent Crime
December 18, 2023
New Study Shows Land Bank Ownership of Vacant Lots Can Reduce Violent Crime

A vacant lot owned and cared for by a land bank sees a greater decrease in crime compared to privately owned lots, finds 2023 study in Flint, MI.

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2023 Roundup: Federal Policy Developments in Neighborhood Revitalization 
December 18, 2023
2023 Roundup: Federal Policy Developments in Neighborhood Revitalization 

Learn about FHA Improvements to the 203(k) Rehab Mortgage Program and other 2023 federal programs and policies in community revitalization you might have missed. 

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2023 Year in Review: National Land Bank Network
December 12, 2023
2023 Year in Review: National Land Bank Network

Some highlights from National Land Bank Network and the land banking field in 2023.

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State of Land Banking: 2023 Survey Highlights 
December 12, 2023
State of Land Banking: 2023 Survey Highlights 

Key takeaways, data, and charts from the 2023 State of Land Banking survey.

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Answering Big Questions Following Tyler v. Hennepin County
November 28, 2023
Answering Big Questions Following Tyler v. Hennepin County

Answering the most common and important questions we’ve heard about property tax foreclosure in the wake of Tyler v. Hennepin County.

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ARPA SLFRF Update: Interim Final Rule Expands Eligible Uses
October 12, 2023
ARPA SLFRF Update: Interim Final Rule Expands Eligible Uses

The ARPA SLFRF expanded eligible uses allow funds to be deployed to help address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in new ways.

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What is a tax lien sale and why is it a bad way of dealing with vacant properties?
October 9, 2023
What is a tax lien sale and why is it a bad way of dealing with vacant properties?

Tax lien sales are one way that cities and counties try to recoup some of the public dollars they’ve spent maintaining properties abandoned by private owners. But tax lien sales rarely fix the problem, nor lead to a vacant property being returned to productive use. 

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What’s the deal with rural land banks? A Q&A with West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation Executive Director Taylor Bennett

Land banks can help rural communities deal with vacant, abandoned, and dilapidated properties.

Read More »
How to Prevent and Reduce Illegal Dumping

Cities spend millions each year cleaning up illegal dumping. What if they tried to make vacant lots less appealing to dumping in the first place?

Read More »
Tips for a Successful Session Proposal for the 2024 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

How to write a session proposal for the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference that will get noticed.

Read More »
New Study Shows Land Bank Ownership of Vacant Lots Can Reduce Violent Crime

A vacant lot owned and cared for by a land bank sees a greater decrease in crime compared to privately owned lots, finds 2023 study in Flint, MI.

Read More »
2023 Roundup: Federal Policy Developments in Neighborhood Revitalization 

Learn about FHA Improvements to the 203(k) Rehab Mortgage Program and other 2023 federal programs and policies in community revitalization you might have missed. 

Read More »
2023 Year in Review: National Land Bank Network

Some highlights from National Land Bank Network and the land banking field in 2023.

Read More »
State of Land Banking: 2023 Survey Highlights 

Key takeaways, data, and charts from the 2023 State of Land Banking survey.

Read More »
Answering Big Questions Following Tyler v. Hennepin County

Answering the most common and important questions we’ve heard about property tax foreclosure in the wake of Tyler v. Hennepin County.

Read More »
ARPA SLFRF Update: Interim Final Rule Expands Eligible Uses

The ARPA SLFRF expanded eligible uses allow funds to be deployed to help address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in new ways.

Read More »
What is a tax lien sale and why is it a bad way of dealing with vacant properties?

Tax lien sales are one way that cities and counties try to recoup some of the public dollars they’ve spent maintaining properties abandoned by private owners. But tax lien sales rarely fix the problem, nor lead to a vacant property being returned to productive use. 

Read More »