Partnerships in support of equitable transit-oriented development – such as the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mile High Connects in the Denver region, and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in the Twin Cities – have been around for several years. These collaborations bring together local and national philanthropy with non-profit and community-based organizations to ensure that all populations have access to the benefits provided by transit. These collaboratives are focused on ensuring that station area plans around existing fixed-guideway transit consider affordable housing needs and maximize development potential, while others are motivated by workforce development opportunities, mitigating business impacts during transit construction or augmenting access to employment, education and services. Reconnecting America was an integral partner in launching all three of these important collaborations. All are focused on transit expansion to prepare station areas with policies, financing, and implementation measures that will ensure low- and moderate-income households access to opportunity and Reconnecting America will continue to be a participate in each of these important partnerships.
Mile High Connects
Reconnecting America is a member of Mile High Connects (MHC), a Denver-based coalition of more than 20 local and national nonprofits, foundations and community lenders with significant experience in affordable housing, economic and workforce development, educational opportunities, community engagement, access to transit alternatives and healthy living. MHC's mission is to ensure the metro Denver regional transit system fosters communities that offer all residents the opportunity for a high quality of life. MHC is engaging in collective and targeted efforts to shape programs and policies that promote affordable housing and access to job, education and healthcare opportunities. MHC's work is made possible by the generous contributions of its members and by a contribution from the Ford Foundation's Metropolitan Opportunity initiative.
Great Communities Collaborative
The GCC is a unique cooperative relationship between four Bay Area nonproﬁt organizations – the Greenbelt Alliance, the Nonproﬁt Housing Association of Northern California, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, and Urban Habitat – along with the national nonproﬁt Reconnecting America, and UC Berkeley’s Center for Community Innovation. The goal of the collaborative is for half of the Bay Area’s new homes between now and 2030 to be located in walkable neighborhoods near transit.
Reconnecting America is a partner organization of Livability Solutions, a partnership supported by a grant to the Project for Public Spaces from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The Livability Solutions coalition partners bring a number of time-honored approaches and innovative strategies for transportation and land use planning to help communities. In particular, Reconnecting America's Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development Action Guide (MITOD.org) and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development's national TOD Database (toddata.cnt.org) are used to guide communities through the myriad details involved in creating better places to live that are also more sustainable.