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ACTION Housing Task Force Meets to Hold Landlord Mark R. King Accountable and Begins Planning to Address More Problem Landlords in Youngstown

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

On Tuesday, April 30, more than 175 members of the ACTION Housing Task Force met at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

The task force leadership outlined the community agreement signed by Mark R. King on April 17, 2019 that includes multiple actions he will take to address his properties and their impact on neighborhoods. Provisions of the agreement include: the registration of all properties, the demolition of twelve properties, the repair of five properties, payment plans with city and county government, and routine monitoring meetings with neighborhood leaders. Mr. King has begun to take action on all the items including the demolition of his twelve most blighted properties. A full copy of the agreement and evidence of the actions Mr. King has taken to comply with the agreement can be downloaded below. The Task Force identified and selected Mr. King based on his significant tax delinquency, large holdings of properties (over 150), complaints by Mr. King’s tenants, and his failure to fully comply with a 2008 community agreement.

The Task Force also identified six additional problem property owners that it will ask to sign community agreements. If the owners will not sign the agreements and work with the Task Force, the Task Force will take community and legal action against the property owners. 

Sign ups were taken for members interested in showing support or providing testimony at a committee hearing for House Bill 103 at the statehouse on May 21. House Bill 103 will more effectively regulate land contracts and ensure they are not utilized in a predatory manner. A sub committee was also started to addressed poorly managed group and sober living homes throughout the city.

The ACTION Housing Task Force is a diverse group of Youngstown neighborhood and faith leaders working together to ensure all people in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley have safe, fair, and quality housing. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at 6pm at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.