WASHINGTON – For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding nearly $100 million in new
grants to support more livable and sustainable communities across the
country. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced that 45 regional
areas will receive funding through a new initiative intended to build
economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality
schools and transportation.
HUD’s new Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program will support State, local, and tribal governments, as well as
metropolitan planning organizations, in the development and execution of
regional plans that integrate affordable housing with neighboring
retail and business development (see attached list of grantees). Many of
the grants will leverage existing infrastructure and all reward local
collaboration and innovation.