It's not just a Western New York problem.
In Buffalo alone, there are 183 foreclosed properties. Back in July of last year, 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly found a, 'zombie pool' breeding mosquitoes in a Kenmore neighborhood.
According to organiclifestylemagazine.com, vacant houses are a target for crime.
Foreclosed homes are also affecting property values of neighborhoods. In Westchester County, property values that neighbor a foreclosed house has depreciated by $10.8 million. According to the report, over three quarters of bank-owned properties have received complaints from local towns and cities.
Some lawmakers across the country and have introduced clever ways to solve this problem. For example, Memphis, Tennessee created a "mow to own" program, where residents are given monetary credit toward purchasing a home. Similar approaches have been used in St. Louis.