HUD, DOT Announce $75 Million for Sustainable Communities

Today, HUD and DOT broke the mold.

These two agencies made available $75 million to support communities across the U.S. in planning more sustainable, livable places.  Never before has the federal government had one grant program to  expand housing choices and public transit, biking and walking options. And never before has there been a one-stop-shop for communities to access federal resources  to help them to coordinate their future plans for housing and transportation.

You can read the full press release here and the excerpt below:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a groundbreaking collaborative effort designed to help foster planning for more livable, sustainable communities – places where transportation, housing and commercial development investments are coordinated to better serve the people living in those communities.

Together, the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for the first time ever, will join forces to award up to $75 million in funding – $35 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for localized planning activities that ultimately lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development.

“This joint effort by DOT and HUD is a giant step toward improved coordination at the state, federal and local levels and reinforces the Obama Administration’s commitment to finding better ways to make government work for people,” said Vice President Joe Biden. “Together, their investments will strengthen communities by connecting housing and transportation options, increasing economic opportunities, promoting environmental sustainability and improving their overall quality of life.”

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