This website serves as a guide for Michigan municipal leaders interested in developing a strategy to more effectively address blight with limited resources. It outlines the major steps to create a blight elimination plan and centralizes many resources on blight elimination tools, partners, and funding sources.


A process to develop a blight elimination plan will generally follow these five steps in order to develop answers to the related key questions.


stepsStep 1. Understand the scale and nature of blight

  • How many properties are vacant?
  • What is the physical condition of vacant properties?
  • How many properties need to be boarded?
  • How many properties need to be demolished?
  • Who is responsible for the vacant properties?
  • What areas show market strength or instability?
  • Where have vacant or problem properties been increasing or decreasing?


Step 2. Establish a blight elimination goal

  • What does the community seek to achieve through the elimination of blight?


Step 3. Assess your resources

  • What legal or programmatic tools are being used currently to address blight and which could be enhanced?
  • Who is currently implementing blight elimination work and at what scale?
  • How much would it cost to fully address the blight?
  • How much funding is currently being allocated to the issue?
  • What sources of funding or partnerships could be enhanced to increase the scale of blight elimination work?


Step 4. Design your plan

  • What types of resources should be deployed to better address blight?
  • Where should they be deployed and during what timeframe?


Step 5. Implement and evaluate

  • Who will coordinate the implementation of the blight elimination strategy?
  • What role will other partners play in implementing the blight elimination strategy?
  • How will new resources be secured?
  • Who will evaluate success?