Many old homes in Buffalo, N.Y., are abandoned and targeted for demolition. Through the city’s Urban Homestead program, preservation activists are getting residents to buy such homes for $1 each and promise to renovate and move into them. (Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times)

Selling Homes for $1 Instead of Demolition | Buffalonians are purchasing homes for just one dollar through a city program, while at the same time helping bring blighted properties in neighborhoods back to life.

Matthew Newton purchased a home that’s over 200 years old on the east side. Newton purchased the home through Buffalo’s Urban Homestead Program three and a half years ago. The floors were collapsing into the basement, windows were boarded up and there were no standard systems like electricity.


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