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Proactively Serving Residents, Neighborhoods, and Municipalities  

When events like the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Recession impact the lives of Americans, the need for equity and access to expert strategies for preventing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties grows exponentially.


While personal and public health remain a top priority, for the leaders who have the capacity to look ahead, the Center for Community Progress COVID-19 Resource Center will provide weekly resources and updates for neighborhoods in need.


If we can help your community or answer additional questions, please email us at info@communityprogress.net.

New Resource, Map of American Rescue Plan Estimated Allocations for State and Local Governments

The American Rescue Plan Act provides for $360 billion in federal relief payments allocated to state, tribal, territorial, city, and county governments. This map displays estimates for these allocated amounts by a place's geocoded location.


Through the interactive map below, you can pan and zoom in to an area you are interested in and click on the marker to see the estimated allocation amount for that place. If you would like to access a full-sized map, click here.

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This map was developed by Center for Community Progress using publicly available estimated allocation data obtained from the website of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform. It should only be used as an informal general reference, and Community Progress makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained therein. To confirm official allocation estimates, click here. For additional details about this map, click here.

Key Resources



Local Leaders Need to Know: $360 Billion in State and Local Relief Is Coming to Every American Community

Almost exactly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a massive relief plan has passed both chambers of Congress and been signed into law by President Biden. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is an historic achievement that will provide unprecedented resources to combat the health, economic, and racial equity challenges that have been caused, exposed, and exacerbated by the coronavirus.   Read More >>


A Word From Our CEO

We know that the collaborative spirit of communities, nonprofits, and funders drove innovation to help America reengineer and respond to crises like the Great Recession. But, as we begin to face the long-term impacts of COVID-19, I want to encourage us that this time things can be different. We can be proactive in making our communities even better.  Read More >>

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

Code enforcement will never be successful if communities ignore the realities of their local real estate markets and the circumstances facing residents and business owners. Addressing these realties requires substantial investment of resources to support our most vulnerable property owners. Read More >>

Federal Resources and Updates for Nonprofits

Recent COVID-19 Blog Posts


An Unprecedented Opportunity for COVID Relief and Equitable Neighborhood Transformation

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 Read More >>


From the Great Recession to COVID-19: Land Banks are Critical to Long-Term Equitable Recovery 

As America sits on the verge of another unprecedented crisis that is certain to disrupt the places we call home, now is the time to invest in land banks to successfully navigate this public health crisis and its implications on neighborhoods across the country. Read More >>


We Will Need Code Enforcement Now More Than Ever: Three COVID-19 Responses to Protect Neighborhoods 

Code enforcement is not a new tool, nor is it a silver bullet in efforts to stabilize and revitalize communities. However, there is new urgency in deploying a code enforcement system as part of a comprehensive intervention strategy for communities dealing with post-COVID-19 realities. Read More >>


Preventing Post-COVID-19 Vacancy: 6 Interventions Local Governments Should Be Thinking About Now 

We are still many months away from fully understanding the public health and economic fallout from COVID-19. However, history can provide some foresight into how this crisis may impact community stability and what actions local governments could examine now to mitigate these impacts.  Read More >>


Tax Lien Sales are Not a Vital Tool for Recovery; People Are

[S]tate and local government leaders across the country are already being tasked with making incredibly difficult decisions about how to address the economic and fiscal impacts of the pandemic...The decisions made now and in the coming months about how to address these critical gaps will have an impact on generations to come.  Read More >>

Critical COVID-19 Opportunities for Communities Combatting Vacancy

As we all forecast the pathways for recovery, here are four active issues and opportunities we can all speak up to address to ensure communities have a well-supported path to recovery and increased stability. Read More >>