Land banks can offer pathway to homeownership: Matt Martin, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (

By Matt Martin, Trumbull County Partnership on

Decades of disinvestment and job loss, suburban sprawl, and more recently the profound impacts of the foreclosure crisis have left Northeast Ohio with a glut of derelict vacant properties that litter our neighborhoods and diminish the quality of life for residents. These vacant houses are not just unsightly- they are havens for criminal activity and they destroy the property values of those around them.

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