Tackling Vacancy and Abandonment Strategies and Impacts after the Great Recession
Author(s): Center for Community Progress
The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina requested technical assistance from the Center for Community Progress to help local officials and their partners better understand the systemic causes of and develop local solutions to vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties. The focus of the engagement was to assess the systems and local practices related to VAD properties, including but not limited to data and information management systems and practices, housing and building code enforcement systems and practices, delinquent property tax enforcement systems and practices, and the acquisition and disposition of VAD properties
Together with partners at the University of North Carolina, Community Progress identified six key takeaways for the City and its partners to consider:
This report offers preliminary findings of current conditions and challenges, as well as related recommendations that the City and its partners might consider as they move forward with their efforts to address the negative impacts of VAD properties in an equitable, effective, and efficient manner.
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