HUD Making $100 Million Available For Sustainable Regional Planning
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced a new program offering $100 million in regional planning grants that the department hopes will promote creation of stronger, more sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation and building a clean energy economy.
According to HUD, the regional grants will be awarded competitively to multi-jurisdictional and multi-sector partnerships as well as regional consortia consisting of state and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), educational institutions, non-profit organizations and philanthropic organizations.
The $100 million is coming out of the $200 million Congress set aside for HUD's new Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.
HUD provided the following examples of suitable projects:
- Identifying affordable housing, transportation investment, water infrastructure, economic development, land use planning, environmental conservation, energy system, open space, and other infrastructure priorities for the region.
- Establishing performance goals and measures.
- Providing detailed plans, policies, and implementation strategies to be implemented by all participating jurisdictions over time to meet planning goals.
- Engaging residents and stakeholders substantively and meaningfully in the development of the shared vision and its implementation.
This is another program springing from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the interagency collaboration of the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Launched in 2009, the Obama administration's effort seeks to promote more sustainable housing and transportation choices for families and lay the foundation for a 21st century economy.