Building Capacity for Community-Driven Code Enforcement

| Monday, May 19 | 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Room: LaSalle A | Session Tracks: AD, PP

In an age of diminishing municipal resources and increased vacancies, how can community groups and civic institutions work together to deal with the increase in nuisance properties? Looking for a means to assist communities, the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Community Resources developed a strategy for addressing nuisance properties on a community-driven basis. This unique approach to nuisance abatement combines the community's knowledge and capacity with legal assistance and the strength of a legal action. The presentation will be a "how to" guide for other community organizations and residents to tackle nuisance and vacancy and replicate the success of our community code enforcement program. It will also lay out creative legal tactics for community based nuisance abatement and community code enforcement, up to and including litigation.

Presenters:

Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press

Rebecca Christensen, City of Detroit, Law Department

Rob Linn, Southwest Detroit Business Assocation

Samira Guyot, Michigan Community Resources

Samira brings expertise in public interest law, program development and public affairs through prior work with the Public Policy Research Institute of Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Samira holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, a B.A. from Columbia University, and a M.Ed. from National-Louis University in Chicago. Samira manages Michigan Community Resources' Nuisance Abatement Litigation Pilot Program.