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A background on the Network's problem properties initiatives.

A background on the Network's problem properties initiatives.

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  • 1. ORGANIZING STATEWIDE FOR LOCAL RESULTS Center for Community Progress Reclaiming Vacant Property Conference September 10, 2013
  • 2. THE NEW JERSEY PROBLEM PROPERTIES INITIATIVE Goals of Initiative Roll out new statutes and tools locally Encourage people to innovate and share success Identify challenges that need state level solutions Craft solutions and get them implemented Roll out new tools locally
  • 3. THE NEW JERSEY PROBLEM PROPERTIES INITIATIVE Methods Recruited NJ municipalities to participate in CCP’s Leadership Institute in 2011 Developed our own NJ Community Leadership Institute based on CCP program to share strategies & successes Offered one-on-one TA to city officials and CDCs on problem property strategies Conducted citywide/regional strategy sessions on key issues – strategic code enforcement, spot blight eminent domain, etc.
  • 4. THE NEW JERSEY PROBLEM PROPERTIES INITIATIVE Theory of Change Expanding network of people using problem property tools effectively in NJ could:  Step up change at local level  Provide ambassadors to help other communities learn, apply and innovate
  • 5. THE NEW JERSEY PROBLEM PROPERTIES INITIATIVE Problem Property Toolkit Tax foreclosure tools • Accelerated foreclosure • Special tax sale Spot blight eminent domain Vacant property receivership Creditor responsibility law Vacant property registration
  • 6. THE NEW JERSEY PROBLEM PROPERTIES INITIATIVE Preliminary Results:  Learning network of cities grew from 5 to more than 15  Most enacted at least several new policies or strategies  State land banking legislation, tax lien reform legislation introduced; accelerated mortgage foreclosure bill passed  Hundreds of properties reclaimed & restored, with thousands more in progress
  • 7. THE NEW JERSEY PROBLEM PROPERTIES INITIATIVE For more on NJ’s problem property laws & tools go to: Housing & Community Development Network’s Neighborhood Toolkit www.hcdnnj.org