In my position with Strong City Baltimore, I have had the opportunity to work with community leaders to survey their neighborhoods, looking for abandoned homes that are not on the city's vacancy list. We always find some. Nonetheless, the number of additional abandoned homes that we are able to find and confirm is usually well under half of the number of vacant homes that the city has already listed. Based on our experience in various neighborhoods, I would estimate that the total number of abandoned homes in Baltimore is 25 percent to 50 percent higher than the number of city vacancy violations, or between 21,000 and 25,000. These additional vacant homes are important because many of them will need some kind of intervention in order to be brought back into occupancy. Also, the ability to remedy vacancies more quickly increases the likelihood that vacant homes can be rehabilitated rather than demolished.