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Help us End Blight in Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of blighted or abandoned buildings are spread across Pennsylvania, impeding community and economic development programs and conveying images of old, worn out communities.
At the Housing Alliance, we see these properties in our communities not as the eyesores they are today, but as untapped assets that provide land for redevelopment. Abandoned land, when transformed into productive re-use, is a critical opportunity for our older communities to modernize, revitalize, and grow, and to improve the quality of life for neighbors who are already there.
While addressing blight is a local concern, the solutions are largely enabled by state law. Over the past several years the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in response to demand by local communities, has begun to modernize antiquated laws that stand in the way of local efforts. New individual laws are beginning to weave a policy infrastructure to transform blighted and abandoned property into quality homes people can afford, gardens and farms for fresh food, new businesses and industries that create local jobs.
Check out PAblightlibrary.com for a collection of land bank resources as well as the digital version of “Blight to Bright” a manual of effective tools available to return vacant properties to productive use.



  • Blight & Land Banks

    • Sharon Adopts Comprehensive Blight Strategy Plan

        The City of Sharon approved a new Sharon Comprehensive Blight Strategy Plan at a City Council meeting on August 19th. The Plan was the culmination of months of work by the Sharon Blight Task Force, a twenty-four-member group made …more

    • Pennsylvania Blight Remediation Program

        In 2019, the Blight Remediation Program was created under the Commonwealth Financing Authority. In May 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development issued the guidelines for the new reimbursable grant program. The application period is open and …more

    • Task Force Presents Comprehensive Blight Strategy Plan in Aliquippa

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2020 As part of a statewide effort, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania deploys its proven techniques and resources ALIQUIPPA, PA.  Aliquippa’s Blight Task Force held its fourth official meeting yesterday at City Hall. The 25-member …more

    • Blight to Bright Breakfast – Montgomery County

      On December 5, 2019, stakeholders from Montgomery County gathered together to discuss solutions to blight. The presentations from that event are below. Thank you to BB&T Bank for sponsoring this event. Economic Impact of Blight – Presentation Speaker – Andrea …more

    • Ordinance endorses land bank effort

      From: Altoona Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will soon advertise an ordinance endorsing an Altoona-led effort to set up a land bank aimed at reducing blight and encouraging development. An earlier version of the proposed ordinance generated questions about coverage …more

    • Johnstown council OKs compromise on fighting blight

      From: Johnstown Tribune Democrat A rare compromise between two City Council factions has made $250,000 available to demolish blighted Johnstown building. Funding will come from about $1.2 million held in the city’s Urban Development Action Grant fund, which has operated …more

    • Our Town Donates $10,000: Money Given to Land Bank Following Mayor Pacifico’s Request

      Altoona Mirror Operation Our Town is donating $10,000 to the new Altoona land bank. The money could pay for acquisition of a “demonstration property” that would show how the land bank can put distressed real estate “back in the hands of people who …more

    • Council Mulls Code Ordinance Update

      New Castle News New Castle city council introduced an ordinance to update rental property regulations and eliminate blight within the city during last week’s meeting. The proposed ordinance includes adoption of the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code. The ordinance would establish …more

    • Webinar: Ten Years of Conservatorship: Success, Challenges and Next Steps

        Webinar: Ten Years of Conservatorship: Success, Challenges and Next Steps The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act (Act 135) was enacted ten years ago. This webinar will examine the use and impact of conservatorship over the last decade, share …more

    • From Blight to Bright: Modern, Energy-Efficient Apartment Complex Replaces Deteriorated School in Roxbury

      The Tribune-Democrat An etched stone sign still reads “Public School” at the corner of Roxbury Avenue and Sell Street. But now that sign serves as a gateway to a modern apartment building. Featuring 43 units, Roxbury Place is the first …more