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Ohio senator launches initiative to help fund demolition of vacant structures

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An Ohio senator announced a new initiative to help fund the demolishment of vacant structures.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced the Neighborhood Safety Act, legislation that would allow cities to use additional funds to demolish vacant structures officials believe may cause  potential threat to the public safety and economic security of our communities.

"The housing market still hasn't recovered from its collapse in 2008 and the thousands of vacant properties throughout Ohio are stalling a much needed rebound," Portman said in a release. "Ohio's communities have made some progress in demolishing abandoned properties, and this bill will provide them with needed additional resources to build upon those efforts."

Local officials support the new act as well.

"The City of Warren enthusiastically supports the initiative of opening up the hardest hit funds to aid in improving our property values and curing the plague of blight caused by dilapidated houses," Warren mayor Doug Franklin.

This bill states that any amount of financial assistance that has been collected through the Hardest Hit Fund program may be used to demolish unoccupied structures.

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