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					                                       University Center For Social and Urban Research




Data-Driven
Organizing
Information-Based Foreclosure
Prevention and Response in
Pittsburgh’s Hilltop Communities

University Center for Social and Urban Research
                      University Center For Social and Urban Research



Pittsburgh Neighborhood and
Community Information System
• Community information system serving the City of
  Pittsburgh and Allegheny County since 2004
• Based at the University of Pittsburgh
• Member of the Urban Institute’s National
  Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
• Key partners include Pittsburgh Partnership for
  Neighborhood Development and the City of
  Pittsburgh
                   University Center For Social and Urban Research




South Pittsburgh’s Hilltop
• Historic
  working/middle class
  communities
• Growing alarm over
  increased vacancy and
  blight
• Foreclosures have had          Hilltop
  tremendous negative
  impact
                     University Center For Social and Urban Research




Partners

• Hilltop Alliance
• NeighborWorks
  Western
  Pennsylvania
                    University Center For Social and Urban Research




Project Goals

• Prevent Vacancy
  and Foreclosure
• Address Blight
• Foster Recovery

                    •   Distressed Sale: A sale of any residential property with a
                        foreclosure filing in either year of or year prior to sale
                           University Center For Social and Urban Research




It all starts with research…
• Who has recently gone into
  foreclosure?
  – Tenure
  – Loan characteristics
  – Buyer characteristics
  – Sale characteristics
  – Property location
  – Reason for foreclosure
                               University Center For Social and Urban Research




Prevent Vacancy
• Use research to predict
  whom is at greatest risk
  of foreclosure
• Target counseling efforts
  to highest-risk properties
• Inform owners and
  tenants living in affected
  properties of their rights
• Encourage those
  impacted NOT to vacate
  the property
                                   University Center For Social and Urban Research




    Address Blight
• Closely monitor vacancy
• Notify building inspectors and
  police when properties enter
  foreclosure or REO ownership
• Evaluate existing large
  property owners for signs of
  portfolio distress
• Monitor disposition of REOs
• Due diligence on new buyers of
  distressed property
                           University Center For Social and Urban Research




 Foster Recovery
• Credit counseling
  and repair
• Social services
• Long-term
  community strategies
   – Vacant property and
     blight

   – Market restoration
                 University Center For Social and Urban Research




Requirements
• Timely data
• Community
  partners
• Information
  intermediary
• Good ideas
  stolen from
  Cleveland
                      University Center For Social and Urban Research



National Neighborhood
Indicators Partnership
• Data collection
  strategies
• Effective practices in
  uses of information
• Critical research
• Networking
                            University Center For Social and Urban Research




Contact Us
Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community
Information System
University Center for Social and Urban Research
University of Pittsburgh
121 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 US
412-624-9177

E-mail: pncis@pitt.edu
Project Website: http://www.ucsur.pitt.edu/pncis.php
Pittsburgh Urban Blog: http://www.ucsur.pitt.edu/thepub.php

				
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