Reconnecting America along with PolicyLink, LISC, National Housing Conference, and Smart Growth America are sponsoring a webinar Wednesday, June 30, 3 to 5 pm to discuss "Sustainable Communities Grant Program: Making Equity in Housing, Transportation, and Jobs the Heart of Your Region’s Application." To register, click on the RSVP button.
Changing federal transportation funding to emphasize repair of existing infrastructure and expansion of public transportation would generate many more jobs than the current law, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.
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.
For the first time ever, DOT and HUD will team up to foster planning for more livable, sustainable communities. In this groundbreaking collaboration, we will coordinate up to $75 million in funding--$35 million from DOT, $40 million from HUD--for planning activities leading to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development.... Read On
In an effort to encourage and reward innovative projects that coordinate housing, economic development and transportation investments, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have created a single point of entry for applications for $35 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants.
Today, the Federal Highway Administration is releasing "The National Biking and Walking Study: a 15-year Status Report." This study, by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, discusses trends and outcomes in bicycling and walking since 1994. I think the news is pretty good.... Read On
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…