New Bill Proposes to Fight Vacant Properties

June 22, 2009

The city of St. Louis is leading the country in the number of empty houses per person. Recently, this number has grown even more due to the increase in foreclosures brought on by the mortgage crisis.  Empty homes lead to crime and can ruin entire neighborhoods.  The city of St. Louis is now working to fight this growing problem. 

Sunday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a bill presented to the city’s Board of Aldermen.  The bill requires that owners of vacant buildings register those buildings and pay a fee each year the property remains empty.  To read the entire article about the proposed registry, CLICK HERE.

You can do your part to be a good neighbor.  Actions as simple as raking leaves or picking up trash around vacant properties can help keep your neighborhood safe.  Watch the Living St. Louis segment below to learn how the Spanish Lake community is working together to address the problem of abandoned homes in the neighborhood.  To learn how you can volunteer, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Referral Service at (800) 427-4626—they’ll help connect you with trusted resources.


Our Community: Spanish Lake

February 9, 2009

Here is a blog post written by Lauren Schwarze, one of our Financial Crisis interns. This post features how one community in St. Louis is banding together to fight the ripple effects of foreclosure.

Recently on Living St. Louis Jim Kirchherr joined John Thro of the St. Louis County Problem Property Unit and Jamie O’Hare of Neighbors Assisting Neighbors as they visited Spanish Lake.  Thro and O’Hare are working to keep the neighborhood safe –Spanish Lake has had many home foreclosures and the abandoned properties are at risk of graffiti and vandalism.  The St. Louis County Problem Property Unit is tackling some of the bigger problems, but with the help of community volunteers smaller projects can be completed, too.


The effort to keep neighborhoods safe is only successful with the help of volunteers.  To contact Neighbors Assisting Neighbors for volunteer opportunities please call (314) 713-0703. To watch the video click below:

 For other Living St. Louis segments featuring communities in our area, please visit the map below