Dangerous housing prompts worry

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Dangerous and unsafe homes and buildings are a common problem here in Yakima. But, it's not easy to get rid of them. Yakima works with police and Crime-free housing to close them. Federal grants are available from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department to demolish run down buildings. The city isn't applying for them and its resources are running short.

"The resources that we have to go back to these habitual locations all the time, we don't have the resources that we had years ago," said Joe Caruso, Yakima's code administration manager.

Drug runners and squatters often take over abandoned buildings. Yakima says the Cascade Apartment Complex is another troubled property. It's been the subject of 438 medical and fire calls.