Program could offer relief to residents who live near zombie homes

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MOUNT VERNON -

It’s been over a decade since the housing market crash of 2008, but the zombie homes it created still dot the Hudson Valley.

A program called "Zombie 2.0" may soon offer some relief for residents who live near zombie homes.  

The state Attorney General’s Office is offering up to $9 million to help municipalities get rid of zombie homes. It’s money Mount Vernon City Council President Andre Wallace says the city desperately needs.

Mount Vernon already received grant money from the state in the first phase of the program, resulting in the demolition of several zombie homes.  The goal is to resell the property to buyers.

If the city’s application is approved, it could access up to $500,000.

"We could take down about five or six houses with that,” says Wallace.

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