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Three federal agencies involved in the Partnership for Sustainable Communities have released a resource guide intended to help communities identify resources available to promote livable and sustainable communities.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities was formed in June 2009 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

These agencies have pledged to ensure that housing and transportation goals are met while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and helping to address the challenges of climate change.

The agencies list the following Livability Principles as guiding their work:

  • Provide more transportation choices.
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing.
  • Enhance economic competitiveness.
  • Support existing communities.
  • Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.
  • Value communities and neighborhoods.


The 16 page brochure "Leveraging the Partnership: DOT, HUD, and EPA Programs for Sustainable Communities" is available here. It is also available on the Federal Transit Administration's Livability page --