Community Progress Blog

Michigan Initiatives Quarterly Update: April – June 2021

Written by on July 1, 2021

This quarterly update from Community Progress’ Michigan Initiatives team highlights important revitalization news and resources from across the state. For specific inquiries or to share how your community is addressing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in Michigan, email Payton Heins, Director of Michigan Initiatives at pheins@communityprogress.net.

Share:
 

Twelve Cities Selected to Address Vacant Properties at the Vacant Property Leadership Institute

Written by on June 22, 2021

Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities announce the selected cities and states to attend the Vacant Property Leadership Institute for Free Educational Programming and Customized Technical Assistance.  FLINT, MICH. – Delegations from twelve cities across four states have been selected to attend the 2022 Vacant Property Leadership Institute (VPLI), a training…

Share:
 

Michigan Quarterly Update: January – March 2021

Written by on April 5, 2021

  This quarterly update from Community Progress’ Michigan Initiatives team highlights important revitalization news and resources from across the state. For specific inquiries or to share how your community is addressing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, email Payton Heins, Director of Michigan Initiatives at pheins@communityprogress.net

Share:
 

New Webinars Tackle COVID-19, Code Enforcement, Land Banking, and More

Written by on January 27, 2021

The combination of a new year, new leaders, and new challenges mean residents and local governments are positioned for rapid change in 2021. Register for this Spring’s Cornerstone Webinars to ensure you’re up to date on the latest trends and answers to this year’s historic challenges and opportunities.   February 2021 External Partner Webinars   Pivots…

Share:
 

New Resource! Download the Michigan Code Enforcement Guide, “Revitalization in Michigan: A Guide to Transforming VAD Properties through Code Enforcement”

Written by on September 8, 2020

Code enforcement that is used equitably, efficiently, and effectively is one of the most promising approaches to vacant, abandoned, and deteriorating properties at work in the United States today. Michigan communities have a number of valuable tools available. Whether you are a local elected official, a member of building department staff, or a community leader striving to…

Share:
 

New Report: Michigan Vacant Home Rates Down, But Rural and Urban Counties Suffer (Press Release)

Written by on August 25, 2020

State of Vacancy in Michigan 2020 Update Shares Residential Vacancy and Distressed Property Trends Download: News Release (PDF) FLINT, M.I. – August 25, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared the State of Vacancy in Michigan 2020 Update, a joint analysis with Data…

Share:
 

COVID-19 Impact on Michigan Communities: Risks, Interventions, Resources

Written by on May 20, 2020

There is no question. Michigan communities are encountering and will continue to feel the impacts of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis.  As unemployment skyrockets, state and local revenue sources diminish, and public health costs soar, immediate action must be taken to preserve homes and businesses now and into the future. To help, the…

Share:
 

Your Support Means [Community] Progress

Written by on May 5, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow 6 Ways Your Support Helps Create Community Progress  For more than 10 years, the Center for Community Progress has helped America’s highest-need communities respond to the challenges of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. From addressing the unjust policies and impacts of America’s past to raising our voice in response to community needs today, our work helps neighborhoods…

Share:
 

Problem to Purpose: The Drug Activity Answer for One Lansing Neighborhood, Get Creative

Written by on April 21, 2020

Empty lots are open opportunities – for safety threats or community innovation. Pegasus Garden, located in the Prospect PLACE neighborhood in Lansing, Michigan, is a great example of what happens when communities choose option two. Jennifer Grau, a Prospect PLACE neighborhood resident, said the garden was created out of a need to find a use…

Share:
 

Problem to Purpose: From Gas Station to Food Station, Solving Insecurity through Creative Placemaking

Written by on February 18, 2020

According to a 2017 study, a whopping 48 percent of Detroit households are “food insecure.” This means that nearly 30,000 Detroit residents experience hurdles when trying to access to quality and affordable food options. How are residents tackling the challenge? One group, Hope Community (Cool Cities) Park, is tackling food insecurity through bringing options closer to…

Share: