SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The abandoned home in your neighborhood could be getting a makeover.
Saturday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced “Zombies 2.0,” the expansion of a grant initiative to address the growing statewide issue of “zombie homes,” which are vacant and abandoned homes that are not maintained during a prolonged foreclosure proceeding.
“Zombies 2.0” will provide up to $9 million in grants to municipalities across the state to address housing vacancy and blight. The grants will provide funds to municipalities to increase housing code enforcement, track and monitor vacant properties, and bolster legal enforcement capacity to ensure banks and mortgage companies comply with local and state law.
“These grants will allow municipalities to among other things, improve data collection, create data bases of zombie homes, partner with land banks, community land trust, or affordable housing developers to repurpose vacant properties,” said Letitia James.
Saturday’s announcement was her first public press conference since being sworn in as Attorney General.
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