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Valencia Meredith

Established in 2010, the Center for Community Progress (CCP) is a nationwide organization working toward transforming vacant buildings into community assets. According to the 2020 census, there are more than 16 million abandoned homes in the United States. The Center for Community Progress understands the underlying complexities of racist and unjust laws, policies, and systemic structures that ld to the exodus of housing inhabitants and deteriorating buildings. With the help of their team of former practitioners and policymakers, CCP members work with leaders of all levels to not only revitalize homes but to tackle unfair policies by providing tools and resources, including educating and training their staff on racial equity and building stronger coalitions between local non-profits and leaders to aid in the uplifting of oppressed communities. Other challenges CCP focuses on are land banks, parcel data collection and management, property tax systems, neighborhood housing markets, strategic code enforcement, and vacant land stewardship.