Number of vacant homes in Syracuse drops

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse is turning the tide on empty homes. Mayor Ben Walsh announced Tuesday that the number of vacant houses is down by more than 20% since 2015.

 It’s a problem the city has been battling for years, trying to take care of “zombie homes,” which are houses that have been abandoned.

The city says four years ago, there were nearly 1,900 vacant homes, but that number has since dropped by nearly 400.

Walsh says it’s an important focus for the city, as empty properties don’t bring in tax dollars and can encourage other vacancies nearby.

Last week, Syracuse secured more state funding to help battle “zombie homes.”


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