Vacant Lot Stabilization

Our Programs:


Graffiti Abatement

Illegal Dumping Abatement

Funding Partners:

Vacant Lot Stabalization Program

When a lot is empty and overgrown, it perpetuates a low morale within the community. Our Vacant Lot Stabilization Program aims to strengthen the community’s sense of safety and pride by stabilizing and improving vacant lots.

Research conducted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has proven that cleaning and greening vacant lots can increase surrounding property values and improve everyday life by reducing gun assaults, reducing vandalism, and encouraging more exercise (which leads to less stress). Our program is closely modeled after their LandCare program.

In the last five years, we have cleaned and greened 300 vacant lots in the City of Cincinnati.

Our Partners

Easter Seals TriState

Building Value, an extension of Easter Seals TriState, is dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities and disadvantages by providing on-the-job training. Building Value now trains individuals for the landscape field as they work on our vacant lots to grade the land, plant grass and trees, and install fencing. Another program of Easter Seals TriState, Building Ability, teaches individuals how to construct our fence panels from reclaimed lumber. To learn more about these programs click here.


LawnLife, a local workforce development organization, provides disconnected youth with an opportunity to gain real work experience. They maintain our vacant lots by mowing grass, watering trees, picking up litter, and pulling weeds. 115 at-risk youth have been employed on our sites and 39 found permanent employment as a result. To learn more about LawnLife visit

The positive effects of this program have been felt by residents, police, and business owners alike. In many cases, what was once an overgrown lot full of needles, broken glass, and trash is now a viable greenspace for kids to play in and for neighbors to meet.

Vacant Lots: Occupied

In 2013, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful helped produce Vacant Lots: Occupied, an award-winning guide designed to help cities and neighborhood organizations address and utilize vacant land. This comprehensive guide includes case studies of Cincinnati neighborhoods and covers everything from possible land use to what plants to use and much, much more. Click here to view the online guide.

Private Lot Abatement Program

The Private Lot Abatement Program (PLAP) is a City of Cincinnati program revamped under current Mayor John Cranley. When a citation is issued to a property owner for excessively tall grass/weeds or litter, the owner has 10 days to fix the problem. In the past, City contractors would then take care of properties not properly addressed. With the new PLAP program comes a “good Samaritan ordinance” that allows nonprofits and volunteers to do this work on behalf of the City of Cincinnati. This portion of the program, called “Help-A-Lot,” is set to start in July of 2015.

KCB is working with the City of Cincinnati’s PLAP as a part of our comprehsive Vacant Lot Stabilization Program. We are coordinating the cleanup of hundreds of properties throughout the city as part of this new program and, through the “Help-A-Lot” initiative, qualifying nonprofits and community organizations can earn money for every vacant lot abated on the city’s behalf. Some of the details of the program are still being determined. Please contact our staff via or call 513-352-4380 to find out if you qualify to participate.