October of 2018 saw the City of Binghamton kick off a wave of demolitions, continuing a 2016 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that targeted blighted, flood prone properties. Approximately $1.5 million will be used to cover the cost of appraisals, land surveys, relocation assistance, property acquisition, and other associated demolition expenses for fourteen properties. After demolition, the properties will become permanent open green space to enhance flood hazard mitigation. The City will lease several parcels to VINES, the Binghamton-based nonprofit focused on urban gardening and access to local foods, to expand its downtown Urban Farm. In its efforts. the City worked with landlords and tenants to find and secure housing, and partnered with Family Enrichment Network, Continuum of Care, Broome County Department of Social Services, Opportunities for Broome and the Broome County Urban League.

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