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Pay Now or Pay More Later: St. Paul's Experience in Rehabilitating Vacant Housing.

Goetz, Edward G., Kristin Cooper, Bret Thiele, and Hin Kin Lam.

St. Paul's Houses to Homes Program rehabilitates abandoned houses. When its funds were cut in half in 1996, the St. Paul Coalition for Community Development, the group that implements the program, asked NPCR to sponsor a study examining the real cost to the city of rehabilitating vacant housing. The NPCR study showed that the fiscal benefits of renovation--taxes, stabilizing neighborhood property values, growth of private investment, sales tax on building materials, fewer maintenance and security costs, and avoidance of property foreclosure--returned roughly half of the up-front renovation costs to the city. And if all government units are considered, a restoration actually produces a net gain in public benefits. As a result of the study, St. Paul in 1997 restored most of the cuts it had made to the Houses to Homes program.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
28 (2): 12-15.
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Reporter 28 (2)

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