As concerns about abandoned homes mount, city steps up monitoring and enforcement
Such houses are a growing problem in the region, and one that used to mostly take care of itself. Some abandoned homes attract squatters and become havens for drug use and other illegal activity. Others, like houses lacking utility service or that have structural damage, are simply unsafe.
The city is taking aim at them all through its Extremely Distressed Properties Enforcement Program. McKee, the program's one full-time inspector, has had 63 complaints sent his way since January.
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