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Neighborhood Leaders Focus Group on Code Enforcement

Friday, April 3, 2015

On Wednesday April 1, 2015, a group of twenty neighborhood leaders met with Joe Schilling, a consultant contracted by the City of Youngstown to review and make recommendations to improve the capacity of its code enforcement efforts. Core topics of discussion included what code enforcement could do, what residents would like it to do, and what residents and neighborhood groups can do to assist in the code enforcement process. Many residents view code enforcement as a tool to address blighted properties and further neighborhood stabilization objectives. Residents expressed concern for housing conditions across the city and provided their vision for a strategic code enforcement system that utilizes all tools available for blight remediation. The goal of this process is to develop a set of policies and procedures aimed at streamlining code enforcement in Youngstown.