Community Progress Blog

Keith Boykin and Alan Mallach to Lead Discussion on new Black Middle Neighborhood Data, Challenges, and Opportunities

Written by on March 11, 2021

Black urban middle neighborhoods are facing an existential crisis. In city after city, the middle neighborhoods that face the greatest challenges and have seen the sharpest declines are those largely occupied by African-American families. Compared to other middle neighborhoods, these neighborhoods are not only declining more sharply, but are seeing the least benefit from their cities’…


National Land Bank Network Launches with “State of Land Banks” Nationwide Research

Written by on March 8, 2021

New Director Launches Survey and Interviews to Power New Funding Advocacy and  Online Education for Fighting Vacancy   Washington, D.C. – March 9, 2021 – The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), the nation’s leading resource on landing banking and vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced today that Brian Larkin has been named its new…


Land Bank and Land Trust Leaders Express Support for Proposed $5 Billion to Revitalize Communities

Written by on February 5, 2021

Restoring Communities Left Behind Act Receives Support from Community Progress and Grounded Solutions Leaders WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 4, 2021 — Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) and Grounded Solutions Network (Grounded Solutions) expressed their support of new legislation that would invest $5 billion in flexible federal funding for distressed communities nationwide. The…


New National Program to Help Local Governments Tackle Vacant Property Challenges in Support of Safer, Inclusive Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis

Written by on January 27, 2021

Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities accepting Letters of Interest for Free Educational Programming and Customized Technical Assistance WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 27, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) and the National League of Cities (NLC) announced that a new Vacant Property Leadership Institute (Leadership Institute), is…


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…


Community Progress Expands Technical Assistance Services

Written by on December 14, 2020

New Senior Advisor, Vice President and Program Leaders to Lead Local, State, and Neighborhood Assistance   WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 8, 2020 — Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announced new infrastructure changes and staff appointments to serve more communities through its technical assistance and place-based programs. “Communities need us more now than ever,”…


Download America’s Vacant Lot Landscape: Insights from the National Survey on Greening

Written by on December 10, 2020

How are vacant lots evolving in the United States? What strategies do professionals consider most effective at returning purpose to these properties? What have practitioners learned in the last several years that other municipalities and organizations can benefit from? And what do organizations still need to do this work effectively?   Download this 2020 release from the…


Register Now: Michigan’s Code Enforcement Tool Spotlight: Accelerated Tax Forfeiture

Written by on November 18, 2020

Community Progress CEO to Share at Yale School of the Environment

Written by on November 12, 2020

Dr. Akilah Watkins to share on “Housing in a Pandemic-Driven World” as a part of the Community Development and Equity series WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 12, 2020 — The Yale School of the Environment has invited, Dr. Akilah Watkins, President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, to share on its upcoming webinar series on “Community…


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…