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St. Paul successfully counters foreclosures by rehabbing homes

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Several foreclosed homes in St. Paul are making a comeback thanks to federal funds and the work of the Department of Planning and Economic Development in the city, KARE 11 reports.

The city of St. Paul has received $30 million over a five-year span through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program to work on 200 homes in the city and find new owners.

Since 2008, the program has already found 90 new owners for the properties, with seven homes currently on the market, and several more scheduled to hit the market soon.

St. Paul housing project manager Sarah Zorn told KARE that the ownership opportunities are "going really well" and the listings are "typically selling in 30 to 60 days."

Among the listings are four long-vacant 19th-century houses in the historic Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, the Star Tribune reports.

The objective of the city initiative isn't to make money, but to make a good investment to stabilize a neighborhood worth saving, City Council president Kathy Lantry says.

See KARE's report of the housing program below.

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