Neighborhood eyesores being torn down thanks to nationally funded program

Posted at 5:36 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 06:36:02-04

CORPUS CHRISTI – Operation Crackdown, formerly known as Operation Clean Sweep, is a country-wide program funded by the National Guard.

“What they do is come in and target houses that are a blight on the community that are broken down or need attention,” Capt. Chris White of Corpus Christi Code Enforcement said. 

Without this program, a home demolition job would cost the city approximately $30,000, which would be funded by taxpayers.

Cities are selected after an application process based on the need for assistance.

The National Guard looks for vacant home that are dilapidated, structurally unsafe, and overall dangerous to the community.

“This makes it a little more manageable for the police and for the citizens who live there so that we don’t have these places that people are squatting, dealing drugs or prostitution,” Capt. White said.

Code Enforcement officers and the National Guard will give a presentation on Operation Crackdown Wednesday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m. 

The presentation will take place at one of the homes scheduled to be torn down at 803 Cheyenne St.