Abandoned homes are known to trigger a number of public health concerns for those living near them, including gun violence. But what happens when these houses are fixed up? 

A group of researchers found that repairing empty, neglected homes lowers the rate of gun violence in the area. 

The study, published in Dec. 2022 in JAMA Internal Medicine, was conducted in Philadelphia’s predominately Black, lower-income neighborhoods — a city with 10,000-plus abandoned homes and 40,000 vacant lots. 

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