Loveland build a public portal for residents and Land Bank staff, plus custom field survey apps and enterprise data integrations.
In Detroit, tens of thousands of properties face tax foreclosure every year, and one-on-one interaction can make the difference. See how UCHC and Loveland partnered to fight foreclosure.
"Working with the Loveland team has provided us a platform — Landgrid Enterprise — that helps us understand the property data we need to efficiently run an operation like the Land Bank."
Public data is essentially useless unless it can be applied to the real world.
In Detroit, tens of thousands of properties face tax foreclosure every year, one-on-one interaction can make the difference in connecting someone to resources for preventing foreclosure, and preventing foreclosure means stabilizing neighborhoods, retaining homeownership, preventing blight. Loveland makes it possible for activists, neighbors, and community organizers to reach out to the homes that are at risk. Loveland brings the social issue to a human level in an actionable way.
Each year, with a very small staff, United Community Housing Coalition serves thousands of households that are at risk of foreclosure across Detroit. We send letters and make phone calls, but nothing replaces the efficacy and impact of in-person contact. We rely on volunteers to go door knocking to provide outreach and critical support to owners and tenants living in properties at risk of foreclosure. We customize the app to ask the pertinent questions and give the relevant information. We use the results for phone call follow up and to get an understanding of the big picture scale of the problem. We update the data set periodically as the landscape changes and issues are resolved.
Internally, our staff uses the app to follow up with properties that need inspections or supporting with home repair. This tracks the building conditions over time and even helps us to see the progress with photos.
We do not have a staff or a budget or really time to manage and organize the door to door outreach — it is all bonus. It simply would not be possible for us to do at any kind of scale without Loveland. It gives us agility so we don't have to anticipate our volunteer's capacity or location. From the app, anyone can see the houses that were already visited so that we avoid duplicating efforts and canvassers can see where they are needed.
Without Loveland, we would not have been able to prevent nearly so many foreclosures and we would not have had the capacity to convert so many residents of foreclosed homes to property owners in our Make it Home program.
It is an incredible feeling to visit a home in foreclosure and to give information to the person that will help them save their home. We don't drive down a street and wonder who needs help and which homes are at risk, we check the app, pull over, and knock on that door.