The Suburban Journals recently followed a Collinsville community service officer as she made her rounds citing houses desperately in need of maintenance. Community service officers monitor neglected homes and unkept yards. Since the mortgage crisis and the subsequent rise in foreclosures, their job has gotten a lot more difficult. Communities all over Missouri are struggling with how to handle abandoned and foreclosed homes.
To read more about what Collinsville and other local communities are doing about empty homes, CLICK HERE.
In tough times, it’s especially important to help our neighbors. If there are vacant or abandoned properties in your neighborhood, do your part to keep your neighborhood safe—you can rake leaves, mow the lawn, or just pick up trash to keep homes clean.
For volunteer opportunities in your area, call United Way’s 2-1-1 referral service at (800) 427-4626.
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