Revitalizing Memphis Neighborhoods One Property at a Time

Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. is a privately-funded, non-profit organization working to remove systematic barriers to revitalizing Memphis neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Preservation, Inc.

Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, promotes neighborhood revitalization by collaboratively developing practical and sustainable resolutions to blighted properties and to the systems that lead to widespread neglect, vacancy and abandonment of real estate. The Organization focuses on policy advocacy and implementing/documenting replicable comprehensive neighborhood improvement projects.

Founded in 2012 by a group of Memphis’ economic and community development leaders, we have an ambitious, visionary goal to eliminate or mitigate all known legal and systemic impediments to the removal of such properties so that all available resources for addressing blight can then be effectively and efficiently deployed.

With some 13,000 vacant or blighted properties within the city limits, the scale of the problem – and the opportunity it presents – is immense, but as we work together we can overcome this challenge.

What We Do

Reduce Blighted Properties

Working with code enforcement officers, local leaders, businesses, and other stakeholders to change the state and local policy, systems, and processes in hopes of reducing number of vacant and abandoned properties.

Improve Neighborhood Health

Housing policy is health policy, increasingly we are looking to find programs and research that acknowledges the overlap. Working with our partners like the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to complete research like the Health Impact Assessment that link Multi-Family property conditions to health outcomes.

Revitalize Neighborhoods

One of our biggest goals is to change the way people view vacant land and buildings, and to co-produce alongside neighborhood residents to bring back empty lands and buildings as community assets.

Who We Are

Systemic change can be slow, and it takes a lot of people. And that’s OK. In fact, no one should try to do this alone. We rely on numerous strategic partners for their expertise, resources, support, programs, data, and more. Collaboration is a vital element in making our work possible.

Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. is made up of a team of dedicated, passionate individuals who desire to see our local communities thrive and the people that live in them succeed.

Calendar of Events

  • January 24 – BEST meeting
  • February 12-14 – Keep America Beautiful Conference
  • February 21 – BEST meeting
  • February 27 – Small Developer Workshop, MidSouth Food Bank, 3865 S Perkins Rd, Memphis, TN 38118
  • March 20 – BEST meeting
  • March 26-27 – Strategic Code Enforcement Management Academy
  • April 3 – UrbanPlan workshop
  • April 14-17 – Developer Boot Camp, Entrepreneur Network Center,
    480 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Ave, Memphis, TN 38126
  • April 17 – BEST meeting
  • May 1 – Neighborhood Preservation Summit, Northside High School, 1212 Vollintine Avenue, Memphis, TN 38107
  • May 15 – BEST meeting
  • May 20-22 – Neighborhood USA Conference
  • May 29 – UrbanPlan workshop
  • June 19 – BEST meeting
  • July 17 – BEST meeting
  • June 20 – Small Developer Workshop, Hattiloo Theatre, 37 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38103
  • August 21 – BEST meeting
  • September 10 – Small Developer Workshop, MidSouth Food Bank, 3865 S Perkins Rd, Memphis, TN 38118
  • September 18 – BEST meeting
  • October 16 – BEST meeting
  • October 23-24 – Developer Boot Camp, Entrepreneur Network Center,
    480 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Ave, Memphis, TN 38126
  • November 20 – BEST meeting
  • December 18 – BEST meeting