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Greater Cleveland Congregations Pushes City Council to Unanimously Pass Legislation Requiring Foreclosure Bonds for Residential Properties

Organizing efforts of GCC's Housing Taskforce resulted in Cleveland Heights City Council unanimously passing legislation requiring foreclosure bonds for vacant residential properties. The legislation requires that $15,000 cash bonds be set aside once a property has been vacant for 60 days.  A $1,500 administrative fee will also be deducted annually to manage the program. Vice Mayor Melissa Yasinow cited the strong advocacy from local GCC institutions, which sponsored a bus tour of 19 distressed properties in Cleveland Heights’ Noble neighborhood this summer. Advocates had tried to get this legislation passed five years ago with no luck. With their persistence and organizing skills, the GCC Housing Taskforce overcame the obstacles and made passing the legislation a reality.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 13:31