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Our place-based initiatives aim to create systemic change through local policy and program interventions—extending impact beyond a single vacant lot, neighborhood, or organization. We work to support local entities that can implement this systems-level, long-term change.


In Flint, our goal is to address property deterioration and vacancy to strengthen the city’s neighborhoods, helping them become more attractive places for residents to live and invest. To support that goal, Community Progress staff delivers policy and research, technical assistance, and leadership building and education services to citywide partners.


We tailor our services to fit the unique needs and challenges in Flint; as such, Community Progress’ place-based work is ever evolving. Recent priority areas in Flint include:


  • Reducing property deterioration and vacancy through code enforcement and rental regulation
  • Supporting the development of coordinated, market-informed, comprehensive neighborhood-based revitalization strategies
  • Promoting broad, sustained vacant land reuse
  • Minimizing barriers to property rehabilitation


The following represent a small sample of technical assistance projects that we have completed in the last few years, categorized under some of our areas of expertise for reader convenience.


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Sample Projects:

Comprehensive Assessment or Strategy Development to Support Vacant Property Revitalization

Strategic Code Enforcement and Structure Reuse 

Land Banks and Land Banking

Vacant Land Maintenance, Open Space Planning, and Reuse Strategies


Comprehensive Assessment or Strategy Development to Support Vacant Property Revitalization

Housing Market Assessment and Strategy Considerations to Support Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization (Technical Assistance, 2017)

Community Progress researched and developed an assessment of two neighborhoods’ housing market conditions and considerations to support a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy in the neighborhoods.

Beyond Blight: City of Flint Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework (Technical Assistance, 2015)

In support of the City of Flint’s efforts, Community Progress provided critical input into the framing and development of the Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework, which laid out clear, actionable priorities for effective waste removal, property boarding, demolition, mowing, vacant lot reuse, building rehabilitation, and code enforcement. 


Gaining Traction: A Roundtable on Leveraging Local Assets in Small- and Medium- Sized Cities (Roundtable, 2015)

Community Progress hosted a half-day roundtable to bring leaders from smaller US cities, as well as national experts, to Flint for focused conversations on best practices to support broad-based, inclusive revitalization, with a special emphasis on downtown redevelopment and partnerships with anchor institutions.


Flint Housing Market Conditions Assessment (Technical Assistance, 2013)

Community Progress researched and developed an assessment of housing market conditions in Flint to provide local stakeholders with a tool to assist them in developing strategies to address blight conditions.


Strategic Code Enforcement and Structure Reuse 

Improving Property Conditions through Code Enforcement: A Review of National Best Practices (Technical Assistance, 2017)

Community Progress developed an overview of characteristics of successful code enforcement programs and case studies of code enforcement components from programs across the nation. 


Community Development Working Group (Technical Assistance and Roundtable, 2017)

Community Progress facilitated a cross-sector working group to proactively assess and advance solutions to macro-level challenges impeding the development of Flint’s neighborhoods as attractive places for residents to live and invest. Community Progress also researched and developed an overview of financial barriers that exist to rehabilitate residential properties in key areas.


Models to Implement Comprehensive Neighborhood-Based Strategies (Technical Assistance, 2017)

Community Progress assessed and provided an overview of examples of entities that are implementing neighborhood stabilization work in cities across the nation and how anchor institutions have played a role in that implementation.


Flint Code Enforcement Report (Technical Assistance, 2013)

Community Progress worked with the City of Flint to assess current code enforcement practices, share national best practices, and offer recommendations for more effectively tackling substandard rental properties. Our report also highlighted the value of using quality parcel data and market conditions to inform blight reduction efforts, including the strategic deployment of code enforcement resources and interventions. 


Land Banks and Land Banking

Land Bank Learning Exchanges: Genesee, Detroit, and Cuyahoga County, OH (Learning Exchange, 2017)

Community Progress developed two learning exchanges that brought Genesee County land bank leaders to Detroit, MI and Cuyahoga County, OH to understand current practices related to acquisition, maintenance, and disposition of land bank properties.


Vacant Land Maintenance, Open Space Planning, and Reuse Strategies


Transforming Vacant Lots Workshop Series: Building Community Leaders’ Knowledge and Power (Place-Based Training, 2017)

Community Progress developed a workshop series aimed at empowering community leaders to transform vacant lots into community assets. The three workshops provided attendees with an overview of innovative vacant lot reuses and designs from across the nation; tools for site design, project planning and budgeting; strategies to support ongoing project maintenance and stewardship; and local resources to support vacant lot reuse design and implementation.


Flint-Albany-Pittsburgh Learning Exchange (Learning Exchange, 2017)

Community Progress hosted a learning exchange that brought a group of Flint and Albany, NY residents to Pittsburgh, PA to learn about an array of vacant land reuse projects and models for resident-supported implementation.