Piloting New Partnership Opportunities Between a Land Bank and a Community Land Trust in Albany, New York

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In the fall of 2016, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) issued a request for applications for the sixth round of the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP), a competitive merit-based scholarship program designed to support communities that are ready and willing to explore more innovative approaches to vacancy and abandonment. Community Progress selected and visited five finalist communities in the first three months of 2017, provided each community with a memorandum describing observations and recommendations, and in April, announced that the Albany County Land Bank (ACLB), in partnership with the Albany Community Land Trust (ACLT), was one of three finalists selected as a scholarship recipient.