Case Study

Neighborhood Livability Project

Clackamas County, Ore.

The Neighborhood Livability Project is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort focusing on livability issues involving crime, health and code violations, and substance abuse with neglected, abandoned, foreclosed, and other chronic nuisance properties within Clackamas County. The project utilizes the combined resources of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (Patrol, Civil, and Community Corrections Divisions), District Attorney’s Office, Code Enforcement, County Counsel, and Health, Housing, and Human Services to combat the problem using a strategic, problem-oriented approach rather than through traditional enforcement methods. To date, 39 houses have been closed, meaning that the individuals causing the neighborhood problems have left the site or the problems identified have been cured. 22 houses have been put on review status, meaning the problems have been significantly reduced but there are still concerns that they may return. We are actively working on 24 new houses, which have been added in the last month.

Ms. Elizabeth Byrne 
Publications/Communications Specialist

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