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About Us 

Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national nonprofit specifically dedicated to building a future in which vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties no longer exist.


We are the leading national, nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to address the full cycle of property revitalization. We recognize the severe negative impact that vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties have on neighborhoods and the people living in them, including economic, social, psychological, environmental, and other harms. We also recognize the legacy of unjust laws, policies, and systems that cause some communities to bear an unfair share of this burden.


We are strongly committed to the belief that these properties can be tremendous resources if returned to productive uses that benefit the surrounding community.


Our Mission:

Our mission is to foster strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. In all of our work, we seek to ensure that all communities have the policies, tools, and resources they need to support the effective, equitable reuse of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.


Our Core Program Areas:

We fulfill our mission by nurturing strong leadership and supporting systemic reforms, and works to ensure that public, private, and community leaders have the knowledge and capacity to create and sustain change. We work at the local, state, and national levels. Please visit our core program areas below to learn more.



Our History

We trace our roots to Michigan, and are headquartered in Flint. Our doors opened in January 2010, building on the work of a number of the nation's leading vacant property revitalization advocates, including the National Vacant Properties Campaign and the Genesee Institute. To date, Community Progress has provided technical assistance and support to hundreds of communities and reached tens of thousands of people across the United States through our educational offerings.


Stay connected with Community Progress for regular updates on our work and news from around the country.