About Us

Since 2010, the Center for Community Progress has impacted the lives of millions nationwide by transforming vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods.

As the leading national, nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to address the full cycle of property revitalization, we work with state and local governments, national partners, and resident leaders to reform vacant property systems and policies, ensuring these properties are returned to productive use that benefit the surrounding community.

Join us in making a better future where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties no longer exist. Help us address the legacy of unjust laws, policies, and systems that cause some communities to bear an unfair share of this burden. Together, we can turn vacant spaces into vibrant places.

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.

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.

Our Team

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 >

Our Services

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:

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Community Progress can help address your community’s unique challenges of vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Land Banks
  • Parcel Data Collection & Management
  • Property Tax Systems
  • Neighborhood Housing Markets
  • Strategic Code Enforcement
  • Vacant Land Stewardship

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