Our Purpose

Our mission is to equitably transition abandoned properties to beneficial reuse that promotes community stability and resiliency alongside our members, partners, and residents in the communities we serve.

Our vision is that all Allegheny County communities are places of opportunity, where vacant and abandoned properties are transformed into neighborhood assets.

Anti-Racism Statement

Historically and presently, communities of color face discrimination and legal barriers that make it harder to own property. Tri-COG Land Bank recognizes the systemic racism present in our region and seeks to addresses inequity by creating new pathways to property ownership and stabilizing communities that historically and presently experience disinvestment. TCLB commits to continually evaluate our institutional practices and identify areas we can improve to contribute to a just and equitable society.

The Cost of Blight

Blighted properties are pervasive, expensive, and has damaging effects on the economic and social fabric of communities. Vacancy results in widespread property deterioration, high maintenance costs, nuisance issues such as crime and fire, and uncollected taxes. This creates a cycle of disinvestment with the ultimate cost paid by existing community residents.

Direct Costs

  • Code enforcement
  • Police and fire
  • Public works
  • Demolition
  • Loss of tax revenues

Indirect Costs

  • Decreased property values
  • Lack of investment
  • Neighborhood perception
Cost of Blight Study for 38 Tri-COG Communities from 2011.

Effects on Real Estate by the Numbers

23.7% properties in Allegheny County fall within 150 feet of a blighted structure.

Blighted properties can decrease non blighted property values that are within 150 feet by 15-17%.

Cycle of Property Abandonment

Recovering Abandoned Properties…

Increases tax revenues

Improves the health of residents

Reduces crime, in particular gun-related violence

Can raise surrounding property values up to 30% simply by greening a vacant lot