Giving new life to vacant buildings can boost struggling towns

By helping residents across New York State buy up blighted buildings and turn them into rental units, Neighbors for Neighborhoods aims to bring some new energy to local economies.

Across the small cities and towns across upstate New York, vacant and blighted buildings sit amid rows of residential homes and interrupt commercial corridors. Albany counts over 1,000 vacant properties, and Newburgh, a small city of 30,000 people on the Hudson River, has over 750.

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