Blight Authority of Memphis' mission is to convert vacant, abandoned, foreclosed or tax delinquent properties into productive use, to reduce blight, to increase property values, and to improve the quality of life in Memphis neighborhoods.
Vacancy and abandonment of real estate have been a major challenge for the City of Memphis, the result of uncontrolled sprawl for decades, growing poverty, property owner abuses, and irresponsible, often predatory and discriminatory lending practices.
Local land banks, such as Blight Authority of Memphis, can be an effective tool in returning blighted properties to productive use. With strong leadership by Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Memphis City Council, BAM was established in November 2015 to lead efforts to reclaim and reuse vacant and abandoned property in the City of Memphis.
BAM is committed to partnering closely with government agencies, other nonprofits and the private sector to make Memphis a stronger, more vibrant place to live, work and play.