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March 12, 2013

Newsnet5: Cuyahoga County Vacant Homes at More than 26,000

"Cuyahoga County vacant homes peak at more than 26,000, despite drop in foreclosure rate"

Cleveland Local ABC news affiliate Newsnet5 and reporter Joe Pagonakis ran a feature on the evening news touring vacant homes in the city of Cleveland. Using Vacancy data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in his report he said, "The latest data released by Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, or NEO CANDO , shows Cuyahoga County now peaking at 26,453 vacant homes.

A large part of the total comes from the city of Cleveland, which now has 15,755, according to information obtained from U.S. Postal Service records."

"The Suburbs hit the hardest by vacant homes are East Cleveland, Euclid and Parma," said NEO CANDO Information Director Michael Schramm. "These vacant houses can promote crime, and shrinking property values."

The full article, report, and video can be viewed here.

This story was also covered by the Cleveland Leader.