Speaker: Liz Kozub, Associate Director for Leadership and Education, Center for Community Progress

The vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties that plague many communities can be attributed to our nation’s historic land ownership policies and legal systems that perpetuate VAD properties and their negative impacts on communities. For communities working to overcome historic inequities, further devastation, like natural disasters or industry loss, can widen the equity gaps exponentially – stripping residents of the power to positively influence outcomes in the places they call home. To shift from widespread vacancy to equitable revitalization, communities must institute a systematic approach of equitable, effective, and efficient, laws, policies, and practices:

During this session participants will learn:

  • The connections between historical and current day policies that lead to widespread vacancy
  • How vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties affect and harm individuals, community stability, and create barriers for equitable development
  • An overview of the key tools used by local government in the in the field of vacant property revitalization
  • A framework for implementing a systematic approach to addressing vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties