Community Progress Blog

Heirs’ Property, Part I: Preventing “tangled titles” and subsequent blight in Philadelphia

Written by on June 28, 2016
Norman James, a client of Philly VIP's tangled title project, & his house

This is Part I of our series on heirs’ property. See Part II, “Providing legal aid in rural South Carolina to build family wealth and prevent vacancy” here. What happens to a property after its owner has passed on? In many cases, if the owner doesn’t leave a will, the answer may be unclear, leaving the…

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New report analyzes New Orleans’ rising rental costs

Written by on June 22, 2016
New Orleans Homes

New Orleans has undergone many transformations in the 10+ years since Katrina. Today, with over half of New Orleans’ residents living in rental housing, and rents rising sharply in many neighborhoods across the city, affordability is becoming an acute problem. These are the findings of a new independent assessment conducted by the Center for Community Progress and commissioned…

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Communities aim to stabilize neighborhoods through effective rental registration and certification programs

Written by on June 21, 2016
Learning Exchange 2

Code enforcement is an important tool for addressing blighted property conditions and stabilizing neighborhoods. When we talk about that, however, we often focus on vacant, blighted property, and less so on occupied, blighted property. Many City and land bank-led initiatives have programs to demolish and rehab vacant, abandoned properties, and encourage new residents to move…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – June 17, 2016

Written by on June 17, 2016
Cuya Land Bank

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! California Turning…

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June 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on June 6, 2016
Partial snapshot of Legislative Update: View full update here (PDF)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – June 2, 2016

Written by on June 3, 2016

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 One…

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Vacant Home Tour changes the conversation around vacancy in Wilkinsburg

Written by on May 23, 2016
Credit: Greg Sciulli

A creative new project in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, is all about changing the conversation around vacancy and abandonment in the community. In its second year, the Vacant Home Tour tells the story behind several vacant homes and businesses, reminding visitors of the rich history of the neighborhood, and inviting participants to view properties as opportunities instead…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – May 19, 2016

Written by on May 23, 2016
Credit: Shaun Stanley

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 Why…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – May 6, 2016

Written by on May 6, 2016
Credit: City of Peoria

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 America’s…

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May 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on May 6, 2016
Partial snapshot of  Legislative Update: View full update here (PDF)

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  

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