Sending Office: Honorable Tim Ryan
H.R. 2390—Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act
Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 2390, the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019. This bill would authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make grants to states to eliminate both residential and commercial blight
and promote neighborhood revitalization.
In 2018, there were 1.5 million vacant homes in the United States. Blighted properties and vacant lots are more than an eyesore—they negatively impact economic development and quality of life. The cost to communities can be staggering. According to FEMA,
abandoned structures account for $777 million in fire-related property losses each year. That does not include the thousands of dollars in decreased property values for neighboring homeowners.
Neighborhood blight also contributes to adverse public health and social outcomes. Abandoned structures can become physical spaces for criminal activity, illegal drug use, and gun violence. Studies link blighted properties to higher rates of childhood lead
poisoning, chronic stress and disease, mental illness, and premature mortality. The condition of a neighborhood has a direct impact on the well-being of its residents.
The Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act establishes a grant program to support the revitalization of low-income communities. Eligible activities include boarding vacant properties, demolishing or renovating blighted structures, clearing and maintaining vacant
land, and stabilizing activities that provide open green space for public access and redevelopment. States are required to match 15 percent of the grant amount and may provide the funds to land banks or local governments to carry out these activities.
We cannot be content to see some communities thrive while others are scarred by hopelessness, decay, and neglect. By putting the resources of the federal government to work, we can address this nationwide problem and restore a sense of pride in rural and
urban communities alike. To cosponsor, please contact Samantha Fay (Samantha.Fay@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Ryan’s office or Kaitlin Brown (Kaitlin.Brown@mail.house.gov)
in Rep. McKinley’s office.
TIM RYAN DAVID B. McKINLEY
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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