City Seeks Public’s Help in Identifying Zombie Properties
February 12, 2019
JAMESTOWN – City development director Vince DeJoy is asking for the public’s help in identifying abandoned – or zombie – properties in the city.
Zombie properties are homes that have been abandoned by an owner due to foreclosure problems, but the ownership has yet to be regained by the lending agency or bank the owner is indebted to.
During a report to both the city housing committee and later to the full city council on Monday night, DeJoy said his office is applying for a $200,000 state grant that would focus on addressing abandoned and zombie homes in the city. The funding comes from the state Zombie and Vacant Properties Remediation and Prevention Initiative program, which gave the city $150,000 in 2016.
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