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Monday, March 9, 2009

NEIGHBORS WORK TO PROTECT VACANT HOMES

You don't have to sit around while foreclosed homes fall apart around you. Be selfish and make sure that once this housing crisis actually ends your neighborhood doesn't look like the 9th ward in New Orleans after Katrina.

Take a look at how residents around the metro area are taking matters into their own hands and doing what they can to help counteract the effects of massive foreclosures in their neighborhoods.

"In Warren, Mayor Jim Fouts drives the city to note examples of blighted buildings, then gets the owners or his city workers to take action. In Dearborn, the city offers free trees to residents to beautify their front lawns.

In Pontiac, the nonprofit Lighthouse Community Development has built or rehabilitated more than 100 houses in recent years to fight blight.

In Detroit neighborhoods such as Boston-Edison and Indian Village, citizen volunteers plant flowers at vacant houses, mow the lawns and take turns parking their cars in the driveways to make the vacant homes appear occupied.Volunteers hang curtains in vacant windows and install motion detectors in empty houses to catch burglars in the act, with several arrests recorded in Indian Village alone."

Find ways to get involved by checking out the full article from the Detroit Free Press here

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