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August 30, 2011

Land Bank Making a Difference

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The development of a Neighborhood Stabilization Team (NST) by the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp (often known as the Land Bank) is showcasing some of the good work happening in local communities. NST includes Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development staff members Michael Schramm and April Hirsh and NST primarily uses data from NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing). A Sunday, August 27, 2011 editorial published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer tells part of the Land Bank and NST's story.

The Neighborhood Stabilization Team was developed by the Land Bank and partnerships with Neighborhood Progress Inc., the Poverty Center, and others throughout the region. NST has been analyzing data from NEO CANDO and other sources to ascertain trends in the housing situation. This knowledge is being used to help develop policies and approaches to combat urban plights including home foreclosures and vacant structures and lots, both for the community and the individual homeowner.

To see more about the work done by the Neighborhood Stabilization Team with the Poverty Center and NEO CANDO, please read the Center's April 28, 2011 blog post and view the "Cleveland, Ohio: Data-Driven Decisionmaking" video released as part of the Federal Reserve video reports earlier this year.