A blighted home sits on 12th Avenue in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
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Altoona’s Blight Task Force released a plan Wednesday to address the city’s rundown property problem. The plan looked at the extent of blight in Altoona and recommended next steps.

Over the past five months, the task force surveyed the city's housing conditions. They found more than half of about 9,000 parcels of land surveyed are in need of minor repairs, such as a new coat of paint. Meanwhile, nearly 400 parcels require major repairs and even demolition.


The city of Altoona is forming a Blight Task Force to address the problem of housing deterioration, and it’s calling for residents to apply to its two openings by Friday, September 8.

The task force will spend the next year identifying the city’s problems with blight and coming up with an action plan.

The task force will have 15 members made up of city employees, business owners and local residents. Meeting once every quarter, their goal will be to learn about the city’s blight issues and help develop a strategy.