Symposium seeks to beat back ‘zombies,’ grow sustainable housing

It sounds like a scene from a scary Halloween movie: Neighborhoods are plagued by abandoned, dangerously dilapidated houses that threaten safety, attract crime and sap community spirit.

In fact, so-called “zombie homes” – often left vacant and unmaintained during prolonged foreclosure proceedings – are a serious problem that drew experts from academia, government and nonprofit organizations to Cornell Oct. 23-24 for a symposium focused on revitalizing afflicted communities across New York state.

Cornell’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) hosted the program, “From Zombies and Vacants to Sustainable Housing: Building Resilient Communities.” Partners included the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Rust2Green and Cornell’s Office of Engagement Initiatives. More than 125 participants discussed sustainable housing, community health and success stories, seeking opportunities for new partnerships.

Read the full article in the Cornell Chronicle.