September 11, 2014
WHAT: On Monday at 10am, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and dozens of housing advocates from throughout central Pennsylvania participated in an event to mark the release of “Blight to Bright: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Pennsylvania,” a new, data-driven manual that identifies key strategies to eradicate the harmful effects abandoned, blighted properties have on communities.
After conducting an exhaustive review of best practices and successful strategies that have been deployed throughout the state, the Housing Alliance presented their findings to event participants.
Among the strategies discussed were tools to enhance strategic code enforcement with a progressive discipline approach, which involves applying increased pressure on vacant property owners by issuing citations before complaints are made instead of waiting until problems grow.
Also discussed was the importance of land banking, or the creation of separate legal entities that are public agencies with private organization characteristics – designed specifically to act in real estate markets to convert problematic properties to beneficial reuse.
Eric Papenfuse, Mayor, City of Harrisburg
Liz Hersh, Executive Director, Housing Alliance of PA
Peter Zug, Executive Director, Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, PA DCED
Brian Hudson, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Karen Black, Principal, May 8th Consulting & Author
Dave Patton, Deputy Director of Codes, Bureau of Codes, City of Harrisburg
Jackie Parker, Director, Department of Buildings, City of Harrisburg
Bryan Davis, Executive Director, Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority
The Harrisburg City Hall Atrium
The Martin L. King, Jr. City Government Center
10 North Second Street, Harrisburg 17101
10:00 – 11:30am: Monday, September 15
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