Abandoned homes are a familiar sight in many Detroit neighborhoods. And they aren’t just an eyesore. Left unsecured, those vacant properties can become magnets for crime.
But a new city program is hoping to change that.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says for years, the work of boarding up vacant homes fell to volunteers.
"The city would deliver plywood for free on the weekends, and the neighbors would volunteer,” he said at a press conference announcing Detroit's recently launched “board-up brigade.”