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East Liverpool officials tackling vacant home crisis - WTOV

And the city of East Liverpool is tackling the vacant homes crisis head on through its Blight Remediation and Demolition Project.

The project, a collaboration with several organizations around the state, works to not only tear down dilapidated homes, but to rehab and revitalize these areas.

East Liverpool Mayor Greg Bricker says there hasn't been a newly built house in the city for more than a decade.

"Through the YMDC Housing Survey, they found roughly 450 abandoned homes in the city. So that's what we're seeing here today," he said.

And he says these homes are so far gone, there's no choice but to tear them down.

Since the program started last July, they have worked to raise around $600,000, as demos can cost roughly around $8,000, and they have already torn down 35 vacant homes.

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