Neighborhood Stabilization

The Neighborhood Stabilization program was implemented to address and respond to the many issues surrounding vacant and abandoned properties in the City of Schenectady. As abandoned properties sit vacant, they often become a nuisance for the local community. Some of these properties are also structurally unsound, creating potential safety issues for neighboring property owners and residents.

The Department of Development spearheads the initiative to stabilize housing by returning properties to a productive use. The Department strives to implement community development goals by tracking patterns of blight, coordinating with the Bureau of Code Enforcement on privately owned vacant buildings and working with our housing partners to aid those in need while also working on rehabilitation and redevelopment projects.

The interdepartmental team is tasked with monitoring complaints, implementing enforcement actions, and filing court proceedings when necessary. This allows the City to engage in coordinated and efficient remediation efforts towards housing and economic stabilization.

Please use the links below to access specific information related to your inquiry:

Foreclosure Prevention

BCNI is a private not-for-profit Homeownership Center serving Schenectady, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, and Albany counties. Core services include renovation and new construction, homeownership assistance, foreclosure counseling, and affordable rentals.

HomeSave is a foreclosure prevention initiative that helps homeowners prevent and solve problems with delinquent or costly mortgages. They offer homeowners in the Capital District a wide range of resources, including the following: foreclosure prevention counseling, independent foreclosure review, legal assistance, workshops and educational resources.

The Legal Aid Society provides free civil legal aid for low-income people. They provide free assistance and representation in civil cases at no cost for any of the services provided. Iif you are being evicted from your home or if your house is in foreclosure, legal aid may be able to help.

The Legal Project's Homeowner Protection Program provides legal advice and representation to homeowners who are facing foreclosure.  Assistance may include confidential consultations and legal representation if eligible.

Engaged in policy advocacy issues including mortgage servicing and the foreclosure process. They also help monitor and influence how banks and other financial institutions make investments in localities through the federal Community Reinvestment Act and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

Vacant & Abandoned Property

Submit a Vacant Property Complaint

Register a Vacant Property

*Vacant Property Dashboard Coming Soon*

For any questions please contact:

Avi Epstein

Neighborhood Stabilization Coordinator


City of Schenectady/Dept. of Development

City Hall, Room 14 / Schenectady, NY 12305

(518) 382-5049 /