Implementing a Coordinated Approach to Address the Systemic Causes of Vacancy and Abandonment in High Point, North Carolina

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In the Spring of 2016, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announced that the City of High Point, North Carolina, (City) was one of three applicants competitively selected to be a recipient of the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP), a competitive merit-based scholarship designed to support communities that are ready and willing to explore more innovative approaches to vacancy and abandonment…[W]hile the request focused primarily on the need to build a more strategic code enforcement system, it also included an innovative idea: exploring how to integrate the provision of social services into the City’s code enforcement approach. In other words, there was a strong interest by City leadership to address not only the problem with the properties, but also the needs of the people living inside the problem properties.