Payton A. Heins
Associate Director of Michigan Initiatives
Payton A. Heins serves as Associate Director of Michigan Initiatives at the Center for Community Progress, working out of Flint and Detroit, MI. In this role, Payton works with communities across the state of Michigan to help them develop new approaches to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. Payton also recently researched and co-authored Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods (2014).
Prior to joining Community Progress in 2012, Payton managed project-based and housing choice voucher programs for a nonprofit in Eaton County, Michigan, helping homeless individuals and families obtain stable and affordable housing. She has also worked with various community based organizations, including the Southwest Detroit Business Association, on community-driven nuisance abatement, and served as research assistant to Dr. June Manning Thomas at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.