The problem of abandoned homes in East Cleveland is twice as bad as it is in the city of Cleveland.

According to data from Case Western Reserve University, one out of every five properties in East Cleveland is abandoned. That’s compared to one out of every 10 properties in Cleveland.

“They (the abandoned homes) make it easier for the crimes to occur,” said Frank Ford of the non-profit urban revitalization project Thriving Communities. “There are lots of places to hide. It’s very scary.”

Seventy-two-year-old Willie Naylor knows how scary abandoned homes can be. He’s surrounded by them.

“Sometimes I just feel like I want to walk away,” said Naylor, who’s lived on Elsinore Street in East Cleveland for more than 45 years.

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