Unlocking Today’s Vacancy Solutions 

Enroll in the VAD Academy to get the latest insights and tools to help address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in your community.

The VAD Academy – short for Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academy – is a 100% virtual “bootcamp” for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders whose work and communities are impacted by challenges related to VAD properties.

Thanks to the support from Truist, the 2021 edition of the VAD Academy will be offered free of charge to attendees, a $250 savings.

Background | What You Can Expect | Who Should Attend


Vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties plague communities of all sizes across the United States. Whether spurred by historic, inequitable policies, industry loss, or natural disasters, these properties create compound challenges for residents and local governments. When working to comprehensively address and transform VAD properties, communities can find it difficult to know where to start. 
Center for Community Progress’ VAD Academy was created to help public, private, nonprofit, and resident leaders craft equitable, effective approaches to addressing these property challenges. From breaking down complex systems, to sharing smart strategies for resident engagement and fostering compliance, the VAD Academy aims to equip leaders to help return properties to purposeful use. 

What Can You Expect
The 2021 VAD Academy is FREE and 100% virtual

During the VAD Academy, expert faculty members guide students through critical topics related to property revitalization. These topic areas include:

  • VAD Properties and the Property Revitalization Framework: Explore the root causes and impacts VAD properties have on communities and why utilizing a systemic approach can be an effective strategy for addressing vacancy and abandonment head on.
  • Neighborhood Data & Markets: Understand the conditions that shape revitalization opportunities and constraints and how to plan accordingly.
  • Affordable Housing: Hear how practitioners from around the country are repurposing VAD properties into safe, decent, and affordable housing.
  • Strategic Code Enforcement: Learn how to develop code enforcement programs that respond to the varying needs and priorities of different neighborhoods. 
  • Land Banks: Examine how to use this tool effectively to eliminate properties’ liabilities and return them to productive use.
  • Vacant Land Management: Uncover the sustainable, inclusive, and comprehensive strategies behind vacant land reuse and how to empower residents to lead reuse efforts in their own communities.
Who Should Attend

The VAD Academy is designed for government, nonprofit, and private sector professionals and community partners, who aim to equitably address problem properties. If you work primarily in one issue area (such as code enforcement) and want to better understand how your day-to-day intersects with other areas of work, VAD is a great opportunity for you. Participants include urban planners, city attorneys, elected officials, CDC staff, land bank leaders, academics, code enforcement officials, neighborhood association leaders, developers, lending institutions, and more. Whether you work with urban, suburban, or rural communities, the VAD Academy curriculum will help you combat widespread abandonment and neighborhood decline.

For more information 

If you have questions about the VAD Academy, please contact:
Christina Carter-Grant
Program Officer for National Leadership and Education