Aligning the Tools: Addressing Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties in Tennessee

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In April 2017, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) selected the Blight Authority of Memphis (BAM), along with other local and statewide coalition partners, as one of three recipients of the 2017 Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). TASP is a competitive, merit-based scholarship for communities that are ready to engage in a forward-thinking technical assistance process to address large-scale property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. This engagement and final report focuses on enhancing and coordinating three key legal tools to address vacancy and abandonment: housing and building code enforcement, delinquent tax enforcement, and land banking.