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Vicksburg officials crack down on dilapidated properties

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tired of dilapidated houses in Vicksburg?

You're not alone. City officials are taking steps to cleanup the blight.

The sound of progress can be heard in Vicksburg as residents fix up their homes that have become eyesores.

City officials say there are more than 1,100 vacant properties and 20 percent of the homes in most of the neighborhood are dilapidated.

"When you have dilapidated homes it depreciates the value of the other homes," said Housing Director Gertrude Young. "Plus, you have chances of vagrants coming in, you have chances of rodents coming in."  

The enforcement team is now making property owners bring their homes or buildings that have fallen into disrepair back into a safe and secure code. 

"Mr.  Elijah Kline on his own with his 75 years young self, came out and tried to paint it, own his own," said housing coordinator Angela Turner.

 "Everybody tells me it looks nice," said Kline.

Property owners that are not complying to the countless enforcement letters are now on the demolition list.

"This owner expired in 2013, so we notified the family they need to do some work," said Young. Since it is now 2016, still no work has been done on the house." 

More than 100 dilapidated properties have been saved from the wrecking ball over the past two years. The city's housing director and coordinator said they have been acquiring grant funding to help the elderly and those who truly can't help themselves.

"We consider our housing department and ministry and we go out and help," added Young.

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