Data and Reports

MVPC MichiganCommunitiesSquatting

Squatting can be troublesome in communities and this guide describes the laws covering squatting and squatters. It provides guidance for both individual property owners and community groups in terms of productive methods for dealing with the issue.

A Community Guide to Repurposing Vacant and Underutilized Historic Buildings

The goal of this guide is to provide community leaders with some basic strategies to deal with their vacant, underutilized historic buildings. It includes helpful “next steps” and resources to create a plan to identify, evaluate, market and finance these buildings so they can once again become valuable resources to the community.

This Community Guide is funded by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), in conjunction with Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), April 2014.

MVPC Trespass Primer

A Trespass Primer for community groups maintaining vacant property, developed by the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign. This primer was developed especially for communty groups who are maintaining vacant property. It answers questions like what actually constitutes “trespass”, describes types of activities with liability for trespass, and explains how to limit liability for trespass.

Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities

Greater Ohio Policy Center, May 2014

The Greater Ohio Policy Center, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Center for Community Progress, has developed this document, Redeveloping Commercial VacantProperties in Legacy Cities: A Guidebook to Linking Property Reuse and Economic Revitalization, as a project of the German Marshall Fund’s Cities in Transition (CIT) initiative. CIT is a three-year project to build a network of policymakers, practitioners, and civic leaders in five older industrial cities: Detroit and Flint, Michigan; Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The idea for the guidebook grew out of discussions with network participants who identified redeveloping and reusing commercial vacant properties as a critical challenge in their cities. 

Determining the CO$T of Vacancies in Baltimore

By Bob Winthrop and Rebecca Herr

As the number of home foreclosures rises nationwide, cities face mounting costs related to vacant and abandoned properties. Aside from subsidizing these costs through general funds, fees and fines, cities are suing mortgage financing companies and banks to recover costs, charging that irresponsible lending practices have led to increased foreclosures and vacancies. However, with any of these measures, it is necessary to demonstrate that there are specific costs associated with vacancies. Download “Determining the CO$t of Vacancies in Baltimore” (pdf).

Vacant Land Management: Current Costs and Benefits of Reform

By Econsult Corporation, Penn Institute for Urban Research, and May 8 Consulting

Vacant parcels can become building blocks for neighborhood development. If the City of Philadelphia can replace its present approach to vacant land management with one that aggressively deals with problem properties and that works with residents and for-profit and not-for-profit developers in a coordinated and organized manner, millions of dollars in annual costs can be reduced or eliminated, and significant reinvesment in neighborhoods can occur, resulting in construction activity, job creation, vibrant blocks and an increase in residents and tax base. Download “Vacant Land Management in Philadelphia” (pdf).

EPA Road to Reuse Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool 

Download EPA Road to Reuse Bid Spec Development