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Technical Assistance 

As a national leader on solutions for blight and vacancy, 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.

Technical assistance and capacity building have been core services offered by Community Progress since its inception in 2010. To date, Community Progress has provided support to more than 100 communities in 22 states. Community Progress deploys staff from its offices in Flint, Michigan and Washington, D.C; as well as its satellites in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Detroit, and calls upon its national team of expert advisors and consultants to assess, reform, develop and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in communities across the U.S.


In 2014, Community Progress launched the national Technical Assistance Scholarship Program, a competitive, merit-based scholarship program for select communities that show promise in making innovative and important contributions to the field of practice.

Primary technical assistance is provided on a fee-for-service basis. Please review our Areas of Assistance, Sample Projects and Reports, Forms of Assistance below, as well as our instructions for Requesting Technical Assistance

Areas of Assistance

  • General assessment of systems and tools related to vacant, abandoned and problem properties
  • Strategic code enforcement
  • Tax foreclosure reform
  • Land banks and land banking
  • Maintenance and reuse planning

Sample Projects and Reports

Forms of Assistance

Technical assistance ranges from diagnostic and evaluative services (what is the problem) to the development of legislative and/or programmatic responses (recommendations) to program implementation and maintenance services (action).

  • Phone consultation and general inquiries
  • Education/Training
  • General assessment and analysis of systems and tools
  • Legislative and policy drafting and review
  • Implementation support
  • Ongoing support/relationship management
  • Research and resource dissemination