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Community Progress Joins 200+ Nonprofits in Supporting “Charitable Sector: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package”

Written by on March 23, 2020

The Center for Community Progress is proud to join more than 200 fellow nonprofits including Smart Growth America,   Habitat for Humanity, United Way Worldwide, Meals on Wheels America, and Girl Scouts of the USA  in requesting support for a $60 billion infusion of support to nonprofits to enable them to help the most vulnerable…


National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Heads to Milwaukee in 2018 (Press Release)

Written by on March 22, 2020

More Info News Release (PDF) Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Conference Newsroom WASHINGTON D.C. – The eighth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 15-17, 2018, announced the Center for Community Progress, the national nonprofit that hosts the event. The conference will be at the Wisconsin Center and is expected to…


Problem to Purpose: Indiana Teens Recycle to Turnaround Vacant Lots

Written by on March 17, 2020

Tired-A-Lot Transforms Vacant Properties While Creating Youth Volunteerism Teaching teens to give back can yield more than positive values and great character; it can help change a neighborhood. Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and Northeastern University show there are positive connections between youth volunteerism, health, and academics. One hybrid group of local officials from the Zoning Land Use…


The Center for Community Progress Hires National Director of Partnerships (Press Release)

Written by on March 9, 2020

Kathy J. Guillaume-Delemar, Housing Authority Leader and Development Executive joins senior leadership of national Community Development Nonprofit News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 9, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced Kathy J. Guillaume-Delemar, Vice Chair of the City of Glenarden,…


Problem to Purpose: Teens Create Deterioration Answers in Colorado Springs

Written by on March 3, 2020

A Camera and $500 Turn into a Deteriorated Property Solution “Eventually the youth started asking, ‘Why can’t we just make the changes?’” explained Mia Ramirez of The Colorado Trust. That one powerful question spurred a student group from the Leaders Engaged and Amazingly Determined (LEAD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado to improve a deteriorated property in…


#LoveThatLot – Help Tell America’s Big Revitalization Story, Score National Exposure

Written by on February 14, 2020

#ValentinesDay six years ago was just the start. For six years, you’ve shared #LoveThatLot stories of your revitalization wins that have turned vacant lots and homes into beautiful additions to your community. We can’t say thank you enough and how excited we are about your work… so excited that one day or month wasn’t enough.…


Community Progress CEO to Share at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) “Health and Housing” Follow Up (Press Release)

Written by on February 11, 2020

Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler to Present at Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening in Oakland, CA News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 11, 2020 — The Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) has announced that CEO and President of the Center for Community Progress, Dr. Akilah Watkins- Butler, will share on strategic partnership development at the Health,…


Community Development Leader Selects Revitalization Fellows from Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Massachusetts (Press Release)

Written by on February 11, 2020

Eighteen resident-activists to participate in national Community Revitalization Fellowship   News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 11, 2020 — Today, the Center for Community Progress announced eighteen grassroots community leaders from across the nation have been selected and funded to participate in the 2020 Community Revitalization Fellowship (CRF); which will train Fellows on how vacant, abandoned,…


Problem to Purpose: 10-Week Safety Turnaround through Public Art

Written by on February 4, 2020

Massachusetts Placemaking Lighting Display’s Downtown Impact The eerie feeling of a dark alley and dim-lit underpass isn’t just a feeling. A recent New York City study showed that increased lighting can reduce crime by as much as 39 percent. Also, when an area is seen as the “dark” side of town, that physical impression can impact neighborhood…


The Center for Community Progress to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (Press Release)

Written by on January 15, 2020

News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC – January 15, 2020 — The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a $35,000 Art Works grant to expand its work helping communities leverage creative placemaking to combat property vacancy and deterioration. The new funding will support a digital education solution…