BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A zombie home on Germania Street in South Buffalo has been abandoned for nearly a decade.
But today there was a ribbon cutting to celebrate it’s transfer from HSBC to Habitat for Humanity. Within the next 8 months the home will be completely renovated for a family to move into.
“Most of the homes that we get as rehabs come via a donation or from the city of Buffalo this is actually I think one of our first opportunities with a zombie home,” said Jerry Sheldon, Habitat for Humanity Board President.
“We know right now I have a list of about 23 hundred zombie properties. We’re trying to reinvigorate our neighborhoods, get rid of blight, and help people have the idea of home ownership,” said Assemblyman Mickey Kearns.
Assemblyman Kearns says the property was identified through the shame campaign. He says today’s donation to Habitat for Humanity is also a possible solution for other zombie homes in the area as well.
There are thousands of zombie homes across the region. It happens when national banks foreclose on homes but fail to maintain them. They’re an eyesore in local neighborhoods and they also take a toll on property values.