Vacancy Problems Can be Combated by Community Cooperation

Vacancy Problems Can be Combated by Community Cooperation
A question about how Realtors®, along with community and local administration, can revitalize neighborhoods by rehabilitating abandoned, deteriorated and vacant houses is not very uncommon. Any long-term plan to solve housing vacancy problems can be based on equity and fairness.

Unless a long-term approach is adopted, the vacancy problem won’t cease. So concerted effort from stakeholders, like small businesses, local governments and communities, will be required to combat this issue. Following are the steps that can be taken.

Equity must be given its due priority: When we talk of revitalization, creating opportunity for all and supporting diversity must take precedence.

Collaboration at each level is required: Everyone must be brought to table; local governments can make that happen.

Systemic change should be targeted: A fragmentary solution will lack the required efficacy. So fundamental issues exclusive to a particular community that worsen the significant vacancies must be identified by the organizers.

COVID-19 related federal block grants can be used by the local governments for giving financial relief to small scale businesses and rental assistance to tenants; this way the short-term vacancies created by pandemic related distress can be dealt with. Landlords also require help with refinancing; such assistance can be given, as interest rates are low these days. A city administration—employing counter-displacement measures, by adopting an inclusive approach toward growth—can find success in its revitalization endeavors. Each individual would prefer affordability and safety, with regard to the place they choose to live in. Some of the measures that have worked in the past include promoting and encouraging investment in owner occupied rehabilitation programs; letting the established neighborhoods thrive under protection; and making sincere efforts in development of coordinated housing systems.

Rezoning vacant office properties can allow them to be transformed into economical multifamily residences; this way useful community assets can be made out of vacant properties.

Realtors must be made a part of discussions related to vacancy problems. Their experience and expertise can be a great help. Inclusion and equity are one common ground on which all stakeholders can form a consensus and proceed with work to combat vacancy problems.


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    Robert Taylor