For many years, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania has been committed to supporting community efforts to turn around blighted properties. The result of our work is a range of new powers and tools, made possible through state legislation, that provide local leaders with the ability to implement solutions to the problem. Our collective successes demonstrate that this approach – strategic policy changes at the state level, along with smart implementation of on-the-ground strategies led by community stakeholders – makes a measurable impact.
Blight can seem like an insurmountable challenge. When we break down the issue into its root causes, however, we can better understand the problem and target solutions. That’s why the Housing Alliance endeavored to take stock of the work that’s been done, evaluate what’s working, and look at what’s next.
The following report was created by soliciting feedback from communities of all sizes around the commonwealth. Through surveys, interviews, and in-person meetings, we gathered information about projects, policies, and practices that people are using and we asked which are working best and what needs to improve.
In this report you will find profiles of communities, advice from experts, and policy and practice priorities for the next steps in our work to end blight. While each community has their own unique challenges, we hope that this report provides everyone with a set a tools to address them. Together we can eliminate the barriers to vibrant communities that help all Pennsylvanians to prosper.