Transforming Neighborhoods

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Turn vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into community assets

When it comes to identifying the right solutions to tackle problems of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Numerous departments and organizations are involved that do not speak the same language or meet regularly. It is important to bring stakeholders together to learn collectively and develop solutions.

The National Association of REALTORS ® is pleased to collaborate with the Center for Community Progress (CCP) to conduct place-based trainings to help REALTORS® address problem properties and create vibrant communities. A place-based training brings national expertise to your community to help stakeholders pave the way forward.

REALTORS® Association of Westmoreland, Indiana and Mon Valley


Dealing with concentrated pockets of problem deteriorating properties in specific neighborhoods and municipalities. Looking for solutions to stop the problem from entering the rest of the community and revitalize the areas that are affected.

Training goals:

  1. Educate participants on the scope of the problem and possible solutions.
  2. Highlight the importance of partnerships within the community.
  3. Create new initiatives that will improve home-ownership and quality of life.

Training highlights:

National expert presenters on topics including analyzing data to understand neighborhood conditions, utilizing strategic code enforcement, the Pennsylvania Problem Properties Toolkit, and understanding opportunity zones.

Presentation from the Flagship Opportunity Zone in Erie, PA provided experience and critical lessons learned through community involvement.

Participants shared ideas about using existing ordinances, laws, and techniques to address the issues and return properties back to productive use.

Next steps:

The association’s Governance Task Force meet with the Chief Planner and Deputy Director of the Department of Planning for two counties in their jurisdiction to discuss possible collaborative efforts to involve more community members in understanding the challenges and working together to create solutions.

Attendee Takeaways:

About our partner:

The mission for the 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.

Questions? Contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.