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Tackling the Housing Crisis One Zombie and Burrito at a Time

Led by CEO Sean Robbins, Equity West Capital Partners (EWCP) is providing a community boost by revitalizing homes and addressing the homelessness crisis in Portland. EWCP is improving the area via a two-pronged approach: renovating zombie homes and delivering burritos in biodegradable wrappers with information about local resources available to the homeless.

“Zombie homes occur when a homeowner abandons a foreclosed property too quickly, creating a haven for illegal activity,” says Robbins. “This creates problems for the neighborhood because a vacant, unattended house can lower property values and invite dangerous people.”

Since 2013, EWCP has acquired and rehabilitated more than 200 abandoned homes, which are now being rented to families and sold to first-time home buyers. Not only is EWCP removing liens and red tags on foreclosed homes, but it is also delivering additional housing at a time when there is a large shortage.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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