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The Center for Community Progress is the only national nonprofit specifically dedicated to building a future in which vacant and abandoned properties no longer exist.

We recognize the severe negative impacts that “problem properties”—those that are vacant, abandoned, tax delinquent,or face other liabilities—have on the residents of affected neighborhoods. We also recognize the legacy of unjust laws, policies, and systems that cause some communities to bear an unfair share of this burden.


We are strongly committed to the belief that problem properties can be tremendous resources if returned to productive uses that benefit the surrounding community.


Our mission is to ensure that communities have the vision,knowledge, and systems needed to transform problem properties into assets that support neighborhood vitality. In all of our work, we seek to build strong neighborhoods for the people who live in them by nurturing comprehensive, equitable, and sustainable change.


In the video below, Ellen Lee and Tamar Shapiro talk about what drives Community Progress' work and what it's trying to achieve.


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The Center for Community Progress is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in America's communities. As a national leader on solutions for vacant, abandoned, and problem properties, Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state, and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from blight prevention, through the acquisition and maintenance of problem properties, to their productive reuse. 


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Community Progress launched in January 2010, building from the work of a number of the nation's leading vacant property revitalization advocates, including the National Vacant Properties Campaign and the Genesee Institute.