Funds to Demolish Abandoned Buildings Grow

The city of Youngstown, Ohio, is heavily reliant on funding from grants and outside sources to help pay for the clearing of abandoned properties. Those funds have grown since last year.

The city is expected to use $722,246 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds this year in its efforts to demolish abandoned properties.

"With NSP funding expected to end after this year and continued cuts in CDBG money, the city could be scrambling next year to find money for demolition.

"Yes, very much so," Mayor Jay Williams said when asked if money for demolition is an uncertainty next year.

Of the $1.54 million spent last year by the city for demolitions, $814,000 came from NSP."

Full Story: Officials to add to funds for demolition

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