Community Progress Blog

2017 Year in Review: You made change happen!

Written by on December 15, 2017

Thank you for all you did in 2017 to support communities experiencing property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. We reached 1,000s of people through our work, and are pleased to share highlights with you from the past year: Helping communities innovate This year, three communities were selected as TASP scholarship recipients for the first time: Albany,…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – December 1, 2017

Written by on December 1, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! This is…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 10, 2017

Written by on November 10, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National The…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 27, 2017

Written by on October 26, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National The…

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‘Inside Out’ project shines light on Edison neighborhood and residents

Written by on October 24, 2017

  Information provided by Kelly Clarke, Executive Director, Kalamazoo County Land Bank What is Inside Out, and how did it come to Kalamazoo? Inside Out is a global participatory art project organized by JR, a winner of the 2011 Ted Prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Inspired by JR’s large‐format street “pastings,”…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 13, 2017

Written by on October 13, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National Trump…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – September 28, 2017

Written by on September 28, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National How…

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Kansas City neighborhoods get a boost from pro bono attorneys

Written by on September 25, 2017

By: Peter Hoffman, Rebecca McQuillen, and Kayla Hogan   For thirty years, Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Economic Development Unit has represented grassroots community groups in Kansas City, Missouri’s urban core. In that time, they’ve worked with long-time residents and stakeholders to rehabilitate hundreds of vacant and abandoned properties into safe and affordable housing. These attorneys…

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How to stop predatory land contracts and rent-to-own scams: require habitability

Written by on September 19, 2017

Any views or opinions represented in this blog post belong solely to the guest blog author.  By: Sarah B. Mancini and Margot Saunders, National Consumer Law Center The historical abuse of “contract for deed” transactions to drain communities of color of home equity is well documented. In these land contracts, the would-be homeowner pays principal and…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – September 15, 2017

Written by on September 15, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National Inside…

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