Using Receivership to Create Affordable Housing

Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO

Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4:06 p.m.

On June 4, 2019, the Spokane Police Department entered into a stipulated order appointing a receiver over five Grove Community properties. This truly is an exceptional win for the community as we will now be able to return five blighted and abandoned properties to productive use. These five properties have been abandoned, creating dangerous nuisance conditions, for over two years.

This negotiated agreement will allow us to rehabilitate the properties rather than spend City resources to enforce our demolition order. This is also the first time we have used receivership to create affordable housing. This was not a fast process and the work is not yet done, but we are optimistic that these five properties will soon be safe and affordable housing in West Central.

This was truly a collaborative team effort to include: SPD Civil Enforcement Unit, Code Enforcement, Councilmember Karen Stratton representing District 3, along with many community groups and members that advocated for this project over the course of three years.

Thank you to everyone who has spent their time, energy and resources on this project.

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