- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence officials have identified over 700 vacant properties across the city since the beginning of last year.

WPRI-TV reports the city’s law department released the statistics identifying 747 vacant or abandoned properties Monday. The number of blighted properties is higher than Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza projected in 2015 while promising to eliminate nearly 600 of them through a suite of legal and legislative tools in a new program called EveryHome.

EveryHome coordinator Ariel Pittner said Monday that 218 of the properties now have people living in them with no code violations.

Pittner says another 320 properties are in the pipeline for some form of rehabilitation.

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