Community Progress Blog

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…

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American Rescue Plan Act Update: Treasury Guidance and Fund Request Portal, and Our Updated ARPA Map Resource, Are Now Live!

Written by on May 18, 2021

Important Update: Since publication of this blog on May 18, 2021, Treasury has released additional guidance with specific details for how non-entitlement unit of government allocations should be processed by States. This additional NEU guidance can be found at this Treasury webpage, along with other helpful information.    Center for Community Progress has been closely following developments related to the…

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An Unprecedented Opportunity for COVID Relief and Equitable Neighborhood Transformation

Written by on April 29, 2021

While the US is gaining ground in its fight against COVID-19, many communities are facing growing threats to neighborhood stability from its economic fallout. Unprecedented help is on the horizon for these communities, which could provide a momentous opportunity to spur equitable revitalization.   Where we are today  While the national unemployment rate has been dropping, [1] it belies two deeply concerning trends for…

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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…

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The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act Movement: Operationalizing This Targeted, Bipartisan Tax Credit to Help Communities

Written by on November 4, 2020

Closing the appraisal gap (the difference between the cost to acquire and rehab or build a property and its updated market value) could help change the landscape of historically disinvested neighborhoods and provide opportunities for affordable homeownership and wealth-building. But, how would that work? Join Community Progress and the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act coalition founder…

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The Power of Long-Term Investment – Preserving Affordable Housing in Atlanta

Written by on October 1, 2020

For years, nonprofit CEOs and thought leaders have been calling for a new investment strategy to help create sustainable change in communities. While the call has been clear, the question remains: What do these strategies look like in practice? What would happen if partners, funders, and local leaders committed for the long haul?

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Go “Back to School” With These Post-COVID-19 Trainings – Black Neighborhoods, Future of Cities, and More Community Development Help

Written by on September 3, 2020

We know this fall is won’t be “normal.” What we do know is that from back-to-school planning to preparing 2021 budgets, we’ll need real-time data and updates to help communities, residents, and municipalities navigate. To help local and resident leaders, Community Progress will offer a series professional development webinars and resources to help face both…

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New Webinars Unlock the Black Middle Neighborhood Challenges and Opportunities

Written by on July 20, 2020

In the last twenty years, predominantly African-American ‘middle neighborhoods’ have endured the same challenges as other communities, but with different results. The historic injustices that were thought to be issues of the past show up in modern terms in both challenges and opportunities in the wake of today’s growing social justice movement. To help leaders,…

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Community Progress Shares Support for the “Neighborhood Homes Investment Act” (Press Release)

Written by on July 14, 2020

Proposed Legislation to Spur Revitalization by Closing the Real Estate Value Gap in Neighborhoods and generate more than $100 Billion in Community Development WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 14, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared its continued support for the Neighborhood Homes…

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Filling the Gaps: Helping Struggling Property Owners Connect to Rehab and Repair Resources

Written by on June 16, 2020

Today, property owners – homeowners, landlords and businesses – feeling the active COVID-19 impacts are also bracing for a possible larger real estate market downturn and more unknowns. These influences, especially when combined with job loss or other challenges, leave many owners finding it difficult to invest in necessary maintenance and repairs. Earlier this Spring,…

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