What We Do
Community Progress exists to help meet the growing need in America's cities and towns for effective, sustainable solutions to turn vacant, abandoned and problem properties into vibrant places. Download a brochure to find out more.
Community Progress operates three offices - one in Washington, DC; one in Flint, Michigan; and one in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DC office analyzes national trends and connects our work to national policymakers and allied organizations around the country. The Flint office serves as the base of our technical assistance and capacity development division of the organization as well as a living laboratory on best practices. The New Orleans office is home to the New Orleans Vacant Properties Initiative. We continue to explore other models for national, state and local partnerships.
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.
Initial funding to launch Community Progress came from the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, with both continuing annual contributions. We are also grateful for current support from the Oak Foundation, Fannie Mae, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, as well as those who have supported our work in the past, including Enterprise Community Partners, LISC - the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Smart Growth America, Surdna Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.