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Headlines – The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – January 18, 2014

Written by on December 18, 2014
Denver CROP

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!   Connecticut…

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How the Cuyahoga Land Bank is helping refugees “Discover Home”

Written by on December 18, 2014
Rehab - Cuyahoga County, OH - Credit Cuyahoga County Land Bank - 2014

Land banks can work in concert with a whole host of private, public, and nonprofit partners, using those creative partnerships to help the communities they serve. An example of one such partnership is the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (Cuyahoga Land Bank)’s Discovering Home program–described in Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are…

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Easy as A-B-C: The Chautauqua acquisition model

Written by on December 17, 2014
Land Bank ED, Mayor of Dunkirk, City Official visiting land bank homes  -Dunkirk, NY - Credit Payton - 2014

How should a land bank decide which properties to acquire? Researching our recent national land bank report confirmed it’s a major question that virtually all land banks grapple with. In Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, we found that “though the majority of land banks are practicing more selective acquisition…

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Omaha Habitat honors Community Progress with Nebraska leaders

Written by on December 15, 2014
Credit: Omaha Habitat for Humanity

There is much to celebrate in Omaha. Over the past year, the State of Nebraska passed a land bank statute, and a diverse group of businesses, nonprofits, community leaders, and elected officials in Omaha came together to champion the passage of the Omaha municipal land bank ordinance, creating the first land bank in the State.…

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What does a successful land bank look like?

Written by on December 10, 2014
Homes in revitalized South Wedge - Rochester NY - Credit Chelsea Allinger Center for Community Progress-2014

What does a successful land bank look like? It’s one of the questions our new report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, explores. Based on our research, there are a number of common characteristics critical to successful land banking. The following is a breakdown of these five key characteristics as laid…

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Do Urban Neighborhoods Need Homeowners?

Written by on December 9, 2014
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Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog At a conference I attended last week, one of the speakers, a colleague whose judgment and knowledge I respect, offered his take on the future of urban single family neighborhoods. The lower income families who have the credit and can get together the down payment to…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – December 4, 2014

Written by on December 4, 2014
(Credit: Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

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…

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How Marquette County Land Bank took on property at an abandoned air force base

Written by on December 2, 2014
Downtown - Marquette, MI - Credit Payton Heins for the Center for Community Progress - 2014

Land banks can be useful in communities of all sizes. While land banking has been established as an important tool in the urban revitalization toolbox, our new report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, also shows how land banking works in more rural areas. Marquette County is located in…

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Advice for land banks from Cuyahoga Land Bank’s Gus Frangos

Written by on November 24, 2014
Demolition - Cuyahoga County, OH - Credit Cuyahoga County Land Bank - 2014

Our new report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, takes an in-depth look at how the Cuyahoga Land Bank serves the community in and around Cleveland, Ohio. It was established in 2009, has nearly 30 staff members and, as of March 2014, had more than 1,150 properties in its inventory. The Cuyahoga Land Bank’s operations…

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Justin Godard comes on board with the National Leadership and Education team

Written by on November 21, 2014
Justin Godard

We are pleased to welcome Justin Godard as a program associate on the National Leadership and Education team at Community Progress. Here’s what he has to say about coming on board: How did you first become interested in the community development and urban planning fields? I feel as though the story behind how I got into community development…

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