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Foreclosures are adding crime burdens to communities already troubled by vacant and abandoned properties and public safety problems. When buildings go vacant they become vulnerable to theft and squatting, and too often become havens for illegal activity.

Below are resources helpful in tackling foreclosure


  • In the Hawthorne section of North Minneapolis, LISC helped form a unique collaboration of police and residents to make the neighborhood safer, after years of crime and decline. Download the Hawthorne EcoVillage case study in order to learn more about their efforts.



Leveraging Code Enforcement for Neighborhood Safety: Insights for Community Developers

Drawing on the best-practice strategies employed by winners of the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards over the last five years, this paper leads safety MORE...


Hawthorne EcoVillage - Minneapolis, MN 

Partners: Project for Pride in Living and Minneapolis Police Department

Beginning in 2005, the City of Minneapolis experienced a rapidly increasing number of foreclosures coupled with a declining housing market. The City worked with neighborhood MORE...

Blake Road Community Collaborative - Hopkins, MN 

Partners: Blake Road Community Collaborative and the Hopkins Police Department

The Blake Road Community Collaborative grew out of a need to revitalize the Blake Road Corridor in Hopkins, MN, which was plagued by violent crime and disorder, an increasing MORE...

Civic Partnership for Neighborhood Revitalization - Chelsea, MA

Partners: Chelsea Neighborhood Developers (CND) & Chelsea Police Department

Working closely with the Chelsea Police Department, Chelsea Neighborhood Developers led a partnership that has achieved significant results in two adjacent distressed areas in MORE...

Asset-Based & Community-Centered Revitalization - Charleston, SC

Partners: Metanoia CDC  & North Charleston Police Department

Metanoia Community Development Corporation and the North Charleston Police Department successfully worked together to reduce crime and to revitalize the Chicora-Cherokee MORE...

Rebuilding Lives & Communities - Richmond, VA

Partners: Boaz & Ruth and Richmond Police Department

Both the Richmond Police Department and Boaz & Ruth were independently interested in the Highland Park neighborhood for years. Once a thriving business area, post-1960s MORE...

Mortgage Foreclosures: Police-Community Response

Author: Darrel Stephen

This paper highlights former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief's response on mortgage crisis from a police-community perspective. Necessary to improve this situation that neighborhoods face MORE...