With New Tools to Fight Blight, Communities Look to Arm Themselves to Reclaim Neighborhoods
With the heavily boarded up community of Homestead as a backdrop, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania released a toolkit to fight blight today.
The event, attended by about 150 people and requiring a venue change to accommodate them all, was an indicator of just how much interest there is in the fight against blight. The new toolkit provides strategies to both prevent and eliminate existing blight. They include adopting clear rules and building maintenance standards, and the use of fines and criminal charges to encourage compliance.