Transforming NeighborhoodsA

Program Overview

Transforming Neighborhoods, provides REALTORS® with the opportunity to learn alongside their local partners about underlying factors that keep vacant abandoned and deteriorated properties “stuck” in decline and explore ways bring these properties back to productive use to create vibrant and equitable communities.

Vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties have severe negative impacts on neighborhoods and the people living in them, including economic, social, psychological, physical, and environmental. Developing a comprehensive, community-driven approach to address the negative impacts of VAD properties requires the coordinated efforts of a wide range of public, private, and community stakeholders.

National Association of REALTORS® is pleased to collaborate with the Center for Community Progress (CCP) to offer place based trainings and technical assessment opportunities to communities across the U.S. to understand and assess, systems and policies to more effectively address the challenges and costs imposed by vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties with a focus on equity, inclusion, and resiliency.

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504

About our Partner

The mission of Center for Community Progress is to foster strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. Founded in 2010, Community Progress is the leading national, nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to address the full cycle of property revitalization. The organization fulfills its mission by nurturing strong leadership and supporting systemic reforms. Community Progress works to ensure that public, private, and community leaders have the knowledge and capacity to create and sustain change. It also works to ensure that all communities have the policies, tools, and resources they need to support the effective, equitable reuse of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.


Webinar Series: Stabilizing and Revitalizing Neighborhoods in the COVID-19 Era

COVID-19 is more than a health crisis. The pandemic is evolving into a housing and economic crisis with the potential to destabilize communities across the country, particularly those most vulnerable. As industries, public, private and nonprofit sectors make sense of the challenges and prepare for recovery, it is wise to revisit the lessons learned from the 2008 Great Recession. We know that the prevention of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties is critical to stabilize communities for the future.

As the experts with the pulse on the markets within their communities, REALTORS® have a wealth of information to assist local governments with neighborhood stabilization and recovery strategies. Stabilizing and Revitalizing Neighborhoods in the COVID-19 Era – a four-part webinar series – will help REALTOR® Associations prepare for the critical role they will play in helping their communities navigate the aftermath of COVID-19.

Place-Based Trainings and Technical Assessments

The deadline to submit an application for a Place-Based Training or Technical Assessment was May 1, 2020. The next opportunity for Associations to apply will be 2021.

Place-Based Trainings

A place-based training brings national expertise to a community to help stakeholders pave the way forward. When REALTORS® learn and develop skills alongside other stakeholders, experience and knowledge is shared and can support effective, equitable revitalization strategies. Selected communities will have the opportunity to receive a place-based training to build a common awareness of the problems associated with VAD properties and reach consensus on the roles each can play in a comprehensive approach.


  • NAR will cover the costs of engaging CCP and bringing national experts to your community to conduct the place-based training on the policies, processes and systems associated with vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties.
  • Educate local stakeholders to understand the interconnected causes of problem properties and grow in their ability to lead profound change.
  • Place-based trainings blend classroom presentations with interactive discussion, small group activities, and hands-on learning. Recognizing the importance of equipping participants with knowledge and skills to make change happen, content emphasizes the practical over the philosophical, relying heavily on real-world examples of best practices.
  • CCP will work in partnership with local associations to set an agenda and identify the training best suited for the associations’ jurisdictions. Based on the training agenda CCP will select subject matter experts to conduct the technical training.


Technical Assessment

A preliminary assessment by the Community Progress’ Technical Assistance team helps communities identify underlying factors that keep problem properties “stuck” in decline and provides an understanding of the existing tools or new powers that can strengthen revitalization efforts.  Select communities will have the opportunity for a team of technical experts to conduct a preliminary assessment of existing policies, processes, and tools in place for addressing VAD properties, and to share preliminary findings and recommendations on how to build a more equitable, effective, and efficient approach to vacancy and abandonment.


  • NAR will cover the costs of engaging CCP and bringing national technical experts to your community to conduct the preliminary assessment.
  • The REALTOR® association and government partners will receive copies of final deliverable(s) (i.e. memo, presentation, stakeholder meetings, etc.)

2019 Trainings

  • Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® (view agenda)
  • Bay County REALTOR® Association (view agenda)
  • REALTORS® Association of Westmoreland, Indiana and Mon Valley (view agenda)
  • Spokane Association of REALTORS® (view agenda)
  • Walker Area Association of REALTORS® (view agenda)

Stabilizing & Revitalizing Neighborhoods in the COVID-19 Era Webinar Series