*Includes all demolitions for which the City has the date that the structure was knocked down, the cost of the demo and abatement paid to the contractor listed, and the contractor since 2014. This count includes all buildings that have been knocked down but may not necessarily have completed post-demolition site work or HHF reimbursement paperwork.
HHF is the Hardest Hit Funding program and is the largest on the city’s funding sources, when this tag is used it means HHF is the likely primary source. In some instances, a house will switch to non-HHF or have city funds used to cover additional costs over the program limit of $25,000.
Non-HHF is used primarily to cover demolitions paid for by the city, this covers commercial buildings, emergency demolitions, fire insurance escrow, and other non-HHF grants to the city or DLBA.
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Here are some key facts about the city's demolition program:
The majority of demolition work in Detroit is funded through federal Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) dollars, which can be spent only in federally-approved areas of the city. Under this program, Detroit can demolish publicly-owned residential buildings (four units or fewer) that are in poor or structurally-deficient condition, and are negatively impacting neighborhoods.
The City also conducts emergency demolitions of privately-owned residential buildings if Detroit building officials determine they pose an immediate threat to public safety, as well as the demolition of vacant and dangerous commercial structures.
The vast majority of all demolitions by the city is done using federal Hardest Hit Funds (HHF), which, by law, can be spent only in federally-designated areas of the city. This map shows the HHF zones where the city currently can spend its federal allocation of money. The city is constantly pursuing additional federal funds to allow it to further expand these HHF zones to include more neighborhoods.
The Nuisance Abatement Program (NAP) boundaries indicate areas where the city has taken legal action against the owners of vacant properties to compel them to either fix up the house within six months, or transfer the title to the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA), which will put them on a track for either auction or demolition, depending on the property's condition. Federal HHF funds can be used only on structures owned by the DLBA.
Information about steps taken to ensure that demolitions do not interfere with the lives of neighbors living nearby.
Explains guidelines and programs controlling how and where demolitions are carried out.
An aggressive public-private partnership to eliminate blight in Detroit has shown strong results thanks to more than $100 million in Hardest Hit Funds (HHF).
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