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As of January 2022, Neighborhood Preservation Inc. will remain an entity but operate under The Works’ umbrella. Read more about the merger in this recent feature by The Daily Memphian.


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 28: SCEMA webinar