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Innovative "Mow-to-Own" Program Addresses Vacant Property Issue

Residents in Xenia, Ohio, can earn dollars toward the purchase of a vacant or abandoned property through a new "mow-to-own" initiative, which strives to turn abandoned or vacant lots to private ownership. Interested buyers may be adjacent property owners, local nonprofits, individuals or businesses, with adjacent property owners given first priority followed by property owners on the same block. Prospective buyers earn $25 toward the purchase of the property each time they conduct a maintenance activity such as mowing, removing trash, gardening and landscaping, and can earn this amount up to 15 times a year! The program is modeled after similar programs in the cities of Columbus and Dayton, Ohio. Read the article

SOURCE: Dayton Daily News