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Residents sound off on dilapidated houses during Listening Tour

Some want policy changes for stricter penalties for vacant property owners. Source: WLBT Some want policy changes for stricter penalties for vacant property owners. Source: WLBT
The ideas also even come from successful dilapidated housing programs like the Blight Stat system currently in use in New Orleans. Source: WLBT The ideas also even come from successful dilapidated housing programs like the Blight Stat system currently in use in New Orleans. Source: WLBT
The Code Enforcement and Community Improvement divisions will now be under the Jackson Police Department to give those officials more back up and authority when investigating cases. Source: WLBT The Code Enforcement and Community Improvement divisions will now be under the Jackson Police Department to give those officials more back up and authority when investigating cases. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The "We Are Jackson Listening Tour" resumed Monday at New Jerusalem Church on Raymond Road. Residents shared their ideas on solving the dilapidated housing problem.

The third stop of Mayor Tony Yarber's tour brought various solutions to the way dilapidated housing should be handled in the city.

Some want policy changes for stricter penalties for vacant property owners.

"There are programs out there for police officers to own their own homes too. They're in apartment complexes where they're renting and I'm sure they would love to live in these homes," said Patti Patterson of Jackson.

The ideas also even come from successful dilapidated housing programs like the Blight Stat system currently in use in New Orleans.

"If you report something blighted it will show up on the map and it gives it a case number you follow all the way through from reporting it to the hearing to judgement to demolition or renovation," said Jeff Karer who lives in Fondren.

More than 100 people attended the session.

"It gives us an opportunity to hear the genius that's in our communities," said Mayor Yarber. "As you've heard tonight, people have amazing ideas. These ideas that we are taking seriously, and we believe it's going to give us a chance to really do some serious revitalization and redeveloping our city."

Midtown resident Valencia Robinson lives next door to two abandoned houses.

"The City of Jackson gets over a million dollars for HIV housing which they can take some of that money and rehab houses, renovate properties or just put people in housing," Robinson told city leaders.

Jackson is already making changes to better deal with dilapidated structures. The Code Enforcement and Community Improvement divisions will now be under the Jackson Police Department to give those officials more back up and authority when investigating cases.

The next Jackson Listening Tour on crime and will be held July 14th at the Jackson Medical Mall.

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