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Eliminate Zombie Properties

What are Zombie Properties?

Don't worry - they can't eat you but they can hurt your neighborhood and affect your property value. 

 

Zombie properties are one to four-family residential houses where the bank or mortgage lender has started the foreclosure process and the owner has abandoned the property before the foreclosure is finalized. Zombies can erode your neighborhood and negatively affect your property value.

 

Steps the Mohawk Valley is taking

The Greater Mohawk Valley's Zombie Property Initiative focuses on four main objectives: ​​

1

INVENTORY

Develop a vacant and abandoned property database with software capable of tracking data and sharing information internally, and with the public. 

2

ANALYZE

Analyze the vacant and abandoned property data to assess the impacts of zombie properties in the Mohawk Valley. 

3

ORGANIZE

Establish a Regional Housing Committee to design and implement short and long-term strategies to address vacant properties, identify  housing priorities and initiate new housing policy. 

4

PREVENT

Connect with at-risk homeowners to provide foreclosure prevention resources. 

Steps you can take

1

Report a Zombie!

If you think there is a zombie property in your neighborhood,

click the button below to report them to the Mohawk Valley Zombie Property Initiative.

2

Find heLp

The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank and the City of Utica is partnering with the HomeOwnershipCenter and Better Community Neighborhoods to help prevent foreclosures and to help those who may be in danger of foreclosure. Click below to learn more. 

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