blightbookMichigan Blight Elimination Guidebook

Audience: Organizations and municipalities that want to get rid of blight.

Source: Michigan Vacant Property Campaign

Michigan-specific: Yes

This website outlines the major steps to create a blight elimination plan and lists blight elimination tools and funding sources.

Community Foreclosure Response Toolkit

Foreclosure Response Toolkit LogoAudience: Any individual, group or organization that wants to respond effectively to the foreclosure crisis in their own backyard.

Source: Michigan Foreclosure Task Force, a project of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)

Topics: Broad sections include: Guide to Forming a Local Response, Prevent Mortgage Foreclosure, Prevent Tax Foreclosure, Foreclosure Response, Planning Beyond the Crisis, and Data.

Michigan-specific: Yes

The toolkit is filled with Michigan-specific foreclosure information, resources, and prevention strategies for mortgage and tax foreclosure. It also includes resources for at-risk homeowners and advice on organizing a local, community foreclosure response effort. The online toolkit is searchable, interactive and continually updated, providing the opportunity for Michigan communities to learn from one another as they address the foreclosure crisis.

Michigan Communities and Squatting: What You Need to Know

Audience: Any person or organization interested in addressing squatting (someone living on a property without permission).

Source: Michigan Vacant Property Campaign

Topics: What is squatting, legality of squatting, rights squatters might have, how property owners may remove squatters, community strategies to discourage squatting, what to do if property owner is unresponsive.

Michigan-specific: Yes

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.

Detroit Vacant Properties Toolbox

Audience: Community practitioners, policy makers and other leaders within Detroit and other areas of Michigan looking to effectively prevent and manage vacancy as well as mitigate the harmful effects vacant properties pose.

Source: Detroit Vacant Property Campaign (An initiative of Detroit LISC led by Community Legal Resources)

Topics: Sections include: Preventing Vacancy, Developing a Vacant Property Strategy, Determining Property Ownership, Preventing Damage to Vacant Property, Obtaining Control of Vacant Property, Getting Vacant Properties Reoccupied, Demolishing Vacant Property, Managing Vacant Lots, Building Capacity Through Organizing, Retaining Residents.

Michigan- specific: Yes, with some information specific to Detroit

The Detroit Vacant Properties Toolkit is a great resource for both newcomers to the issue of foreclosure and vacancy and those very familiar with housing issues. Accessible background information is presented on the issues discussed, followed by more technical guidance.  Though sections of the toolkit are Detroit specific, much of the information is useful to those tackling vacant property issues throughout Michigan and even outside the state.

Building American Cities Toolkit

Audience: Community practitioners and policy makers looking to effectively prevent and manage vacancy as well as mitigate the harmful effects vacant properties pose.

Source: Center for Community Progress

Topics: Broad sections include: Dealing with Problem Property Owners, Building Stronger Communities, Reusing Vacant Properties, Taking Control and Managing Problem Properties

Michigan specific: no, national resource

The Building American Cities Toolkit helps practitioners think through strategies, identify specific tools to carry out those strategies, and learn about communities elsewhere that have used those tools, to improve the land, buildings, neighborhoods and other areas that make up a city’s built environment.

The Toolkit is designed for users to start anywhere, and go anywhere. You can explore an element as a whole, study the typology, or go directly to the particular tool in which you’re interested. You can also help build the Toolkit: use the share your stories to send information, suggestions and materials that will make the Toolkit a growing resource.