On September 28-30, 2016, approximately 1,000 change-makers from communities large and small will gather in Baltimore, Maryland, for the seventh Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP), the only national conference of its kind.

Themed “In Service of People and Place,” the seventh RVP will take a deep look at how work to reclaim vacant properties can improve the wellbeing of residents and the places they call home.

The Conference will explore strategies to strengthen neighborhoods that are being left behind in the housing recovery and serve residents who continue to face the impacts of vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including this year’s host city, Baltimore.

In the video below Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, talks about the Conference has really “changed the equation” for him and staff in their work to reclaim their community’s vacant properties.

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