Leaders in Brockton and Lawrence recognize that these problem properties contribute to blight, attract crime, create unsafe housing conditions, and drain municipal resources. In response, each city established a cross-departmental team to tackle the worst offenders.
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This 40,000-person city introduced a Rental Property Licensing Program in 2003 “to promote safety, health, and habitability in rental housing. They partnered with Tolemi to create a systematic way to flag non-compliant properties—without burdening staff with hours of research resulting in greater compliance with less staff hours than before.
The not-for-profit Western New York Law Center and the Erie County Clerk tap into data on pre-foreclosure filings to protect homeowners at-risk of foreclosure
The Urban Redevelopment Authority Taps Rich Open Data Trove to Value Pittsburgh’s Vacant Land