It was an area hit hard by foreclosures, Salinas got $2.3 million in stimulus money to buy bank-owned homes, move families back in and build back up neighborhoods.
"Banks are urged to work directly with the community and they're aware of this program," said Alan Stumpf, Salinas' Redevelopment Director.
The city is required to buy the homes at a little less than market value and despite what you may think, the city is not in bidding wars over them.
"These are homes that have not been put on the open market, the banks come to us and say we have a number of homes to look at, we have to see if they meet our location criteria and cost criteria."
So newer homes, in neighborhoods with manicured lawns in nice communities are more of what the city is looking for. Stumpf said he would love to buy rundown houses in neighborhoods that need a little TLC, but "We have limitations on the amount of money we can spend to rehab the homes."