Proposal would help Ohio cities raze vacant homes

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's big cities have a backlog of vacant homes they'd like to demolish. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is trying to help speed up the work.

The Republican from southwest Ohio is backing a bill that would to transfer $60 million left over from foreclosure relief funds to housing demolition in the state.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo ( ) reports there are an estimated 100,000 homes in Ohio that could be demolished.

Many are in the state's biggest cities where empty homes are a danger and blight to neighborhoods.

Cleveland officials said last year that there are 8,500 houses ready to be razed. In Toledo, the city says 3,000 homes are in need of being torn down.


Information from: WTOL-TV,

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