“Zombie Homes” get new life


The state's

The state's "Homes and Community Renewal" program gives low-to-moderate income buyers the money to purchase and rehab foreclosed properties, known as "Zombie Homes." (6/7/16)

MIDDLETOWN - Some Middletown neighborhoods will soon get a much-needed boost thanks to a new program from the state.

The "Homes and Community Renewal" program gives low-to-moderate income buyers the money to purchase and rehab foreclosed properties, known as “Zombie Homes.”

Over $22 million is now available to a number of municipalities statewide under the program.

A home on Cottage Street is one of dozens eligible for the program and is the first to be purchased. The mayor of Middletown says the property shows how the program can be a win-win for everybody. "This property here would have to be demolished. It's just sitting here vacant for a couple years. It's been vandalized, it's depreciating other homes in the area, and it's now going to give someone a homeownership opportunity," says Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano.

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