The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided grant support to municipalities and regional organizations across the country through the Sustainable Communities Initiative. In addition to funds geared toward creating more sustainable and connected regions, grantees were eligible for capacity building and technical assistance from national organizations.
Reconnecting America Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be participating in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Technical Assistance Implementation Site Visit and Peer Exchange in Seattle on July 9-11. The technical assistance program is part of HUD's Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities grant program.
I commend the leaders of the Senate Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairman Patty Murray and Ranking Member Susan Collins, for the passage of their bipartisan bill funding critical housing and transportation programs. The investments called for in this bill in our transit, rail, and road networks and in neighborhoods and communities across the country will strengthen America's economic resilience and improve the daily lives of millions of families.
Of particular importance are the HUD Integrated Planning and Investment Grants. The $75 million set aside for this program will support integrated regional and local planning for housing, transportation, and other infrastructure in urban and rural areas around the country. By coordinating regional investment and implementation strategies, this funding will help to create stronger communities for all while getting the most out of every dollar invested.
I am also extremely pleased to see continued focus on improving and…
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Program Director Catherine Cox Blair, with our CTOD partner the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Stefanie Shull, will be leading the (Re-)Emerging Economies Action Team Learning from Place Workshop on June 4-5 at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. The (Re-) Emerging Economies Action Team (REEAcT) is a coalition of regions and communities that face slow or declining market sectors, high concentrations of poverty, fragmented governments, and limited capacity and resources. The effort is part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities funded by HUD, DOT and EPA.