Since 2010, the Center for Community Progress has provided urban, suburban, and rural communities battling systemic vacancy with the policies, tools, and resources needed to address the full cycle of property revitalization. We are the only national nonprofit dedicated to tackling vacant properties and drive change by uncovering and disrupting the unjust systems that perpetuate entrenched vacancy and property deterioration.
Vacant and deteriorated properties harm neighbors and neighborhoods. They threaten public health and safety, keep residents from building wealth, and destabilize local government finances. Because of a legacy of inequitable policies and racist systems, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color bear an unfair share of the burden of vacant properties.
Our Vision and Mission
We envision a future where all people live in strong, healthy, just communities where widespread vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties no longer exist. Our mission is to foster strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods.
We advocate for equitable policy change to help local, state, and federal leaders understand and reform the systems that perpetuate vacancy and deterioration. We educate community leaders who want to strengthen their neighborhoods. We deliver customized, expert guidance to help communities prevent and reduce entrenched vacancy. And, we uplift success and best practices from places practicing equitable, efficient, and effective community revitalization.
By building relationships and networks that last, we inspire lasting policy, practice, and process change. Our approach ensures leaders are set up for success to implement and sustain comprehensive reforms to address vacant properties.
Learn more about ways to address vacant properties in our resource centers:
Our Commitment to Equity
As leaders in our field, it is our responsibility to uncover and disrupt the systems that perpetuate inequity—in the communities we serve and within our organization. Systemic racism is a root cause of vacant, abandoned, deteriorated properties and an immense barrier to achieving our mission. Therefore, we must ingrain the pursuit of racial equity in our programs, partnerships, and people. We do this by embedding racial equity into our programming; dedicating time and resources toward implementing an annual Equity Action Plan; and providing racial equity training and education opportunities to staff and board.
In all our work, we seek to ensure that communities have the policies, tools, and resources they need to transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. Our state-of-the-art technical assistance has been provided to more than 300 communities in over 35 states and our educational programming has reached tens of thousands of individuals across the United States. We fulfill our mission via four interconnected service areas:
We are former practitioners and policymakers who understand that today’s neighborhoods have been shaped by decades of unjust policies—and we are driven by the promise of safe, healthy, resilient, and inclusive neighborhoods that provide opportunity and dignity for all.
The expertise and passion of our staff is unmatched, and Community Progress is highly regarded as the nation’s leading resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to equitably address the full cycle of property revitalization. Learn more »