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Mayor Hales hosts tour of 'zombie homes' in Portland

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Courtesy: Office of Mayor Hales, City of Portland Courtesy: Office of Mayor Hales, City of Portland

Mayor Charlie Hales hosted a tour of five abandoned, distressed properties, also known as “zombie homes” on Friday.

Mayor Hales, Portland Police, Bureau of Development Services, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, City Auditor's Office, City Attorney's Office, community partners, and affected neighbors toured the vacant properties.

The tour discussed the public safety issues that stem from the upward of 430 abandoned homes in Portland.

The City has not foreclosed a home since 1965.

Mayor Hales has led a renewed focus on foreclosures of vacant and abandoned houses, as well as the development of new tools - receivership, vacant properties registry - that would put nuisance-attracting vacant homes back on the market.

"These properties attract rodents, squatters, drugs, and a host of nuisances to neighborhoods," Mayor Hales said. "Neighbors are fed up - and rightfully so. I'm looking forward to strong partnerships across City bureaus and community partners to dust off old tools, like foreclosure, and use innovative new ideas to clean up our neighborhoods."

Five properties identified for foreclosure will be heard by the Portland City Council on June 15.

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