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January 15, 2013

ousing grant measure sent to county committee Tuesday night

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"Now that landlord is less likely to fix that home to market-rate standards, because he's been burned before," Piccirillo said. "That devalues that property and starts to drag down the rest of the street."

As a block begins to lose residents and its sense of community it becomes a drain on city resources, Piccirillo said.

"Now you have property values that are going down," Piccirillo said. "Now you have blight. Now you have more vacant buildings. And then you have a street which requires demolition or more police services. You've lost that block."

Piccirillo said that landlords who have to deal with evictions are sometimes unfairly labeled as "slumlords".

"These landlords are taxpayers," Piccirillo said. "Ideally they would want to do more market-rate, easy to manage properties and that's what we want too."

Piccirillo said that the landlord association, block clubs and government entities need to continue communicating on issues to ensure the well being of the community.

"The current system makes it harder for the actual individual blocks to succeed or to get people closer to home ownership," Piccirillo said. "We want people to graduate from public assistance to homeownership."

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