Our Impact

Since 2010, the Center for Community Progress has worked as the national leader in the fight to prevent and address widespread vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties throughout the United States. Through work with more than 300 communities, our work has reached 35 states, directly impacted millions of residents, and championed innovations including the National Land Bank Network and the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference.

To learn more about our impact, download our past impact reports below.

2016, In Service of People and Place

Our work is about serving people. It’s about creating places of opportunity, places that are safe and vibrant, places that reflect and respect the culture, experience, and dreams of their residents. In this annual report we share three stories from 2016 that are emblematic of our work to improve the wellbeing of residents and the places they call home.

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2015, Building a Bold Movement

The story in Flint is about more than water, and represents one horrifying symptom of broader systemic injustices. Flint’s challenges are the result of inequitable public policies, and sadly echo similarly distressing stories shared by the majority of the places where Community Progress works. Flint’s great need is emblematic of why we work to create systemic change around land use practices. There is so much work yet to be done to create communities that are safe, vibrant places of opportunity for all residents.

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2014, Celebrate Progress

Every week you mow the empty lot next door to your house on the street where you’ve lived for 27 years. You think about everyone who used to call this block home. Your neighborhood has a past, but you wonder: does it have a future? Does anyone care?

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2013, Annual Report 

“I was excited to have a significant community revitalization tool to help our communities tackle blight and for the opportunity to spearhead the effort countywide,” said April Kopas, executive director of the Westmoreland County Land Bank (WCLB) in Pennsylvania, reflecting on the passage of Pennsylvania’s land bank enabling law.

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2012, Annual Report

With the right systems in place, the early signs of neighborhood destabilization are not difficult to spot. Key indicators include the number of properties with code violations, the rate of tax delinquency, and the rate of foreclosure, often on a block-by-block level. But many communities across the country do not have the systems in place to track this data, recognize these signs, and intervene effectively in the early stages of a neighborhood’s decline.

Ensuring that communities have the tools to preserve the stability of vital, but threatened, neighborhoods is central to Community Progress’ mission.

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2011, Annual Report

When the Center for Community Progress launched in January 2010, counties and municipalities across America were facing unprecedented challenges: the fallout from the mortgage foreclosure crisis continued to weaken the nation’s housing markets, and communities around the country faced growing budget deficits alongside depressed property values and neighborhoods decimated by vacant and abandoned properties. 

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