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He’s Back! Trump Returns to Youngstown - The American Prospect


Touting his imagined economic boom, Trump also addressed housing, a significant issue in a place once known as the “City of Homes.” He told residents not to sell their homes because their property values would soon be rising. But the Youngstown area still faces a housing crisis. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) reports that while the total number of foreclosures has fallen, its 2015–2016 vacancy survey found 3,529 vacant homes in the city of Youngstown. Housing advocates like Ian Beniston, executive director of YNDC, and Gary Davenport, project coordinator for the Mahoning Valley Land Bank, believe the situation is about to get worse as a result of Trump’s request for a $6 billion cut in Housing and Urban Development spending directed at community programs. Youngstown currently receives about $3.1 million in community development block grants, which are used for street resurfacing, housing, code enforcement, community policing, housing assistance, youth programs, and neighborhood revitalization. In Youngstown, the cut in the HUD budget would amount to almost $6 million. To read the full story from The American Prospect, click here.