HUD Sustainable Communities Grants Awarded to 56 Communities and Regions

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $98 million in sustainable planning grants to communities and regions nationwide
by | November 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded its 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, amounting to nearly $96 million, to 27 communities and organizations and 29 regional areas nationwide this week. Two types of grants were awarded: Community Challenge Grants and Regional Planning Grants.

Community Challenge Grants are given to governments and groups to aid in integrating housing and transportation, according to a department press release. Those efforts could include changing master plans or zoning and building codes to encourage mixed-use developments. Placing affordable housing and businesses near transit stations is another common proposal.

Regional Planning Grants focus on planning efforts that will combine housing, transportation and economic and workforce development with an emphasis on collaborations with partners in areas such as arts and culture and philanthropy.

"Our nation's ability to compete in a global economy and create jobs is dependent upon how quickly and efficiently we can connect our workers and families to education and employment opportunities," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement.

The grants are also matched by local, state and private resources, according to the department. This year, matching and in-kind contributions will total $115 million for the 56 grantees, totaling $211 million in public and private investment.

Below is a table detailing each grant recipient.

State Grantee Type Grant Amount
Arizona The Hopi Tribe (Kykotsmobi) Community Challenge $150,000
City of Phoenix Community Challenge $2,935,634
Arkansas East Arkansas Planning & Development District (Jonesboro) Regional Planning $2,600,000
Metroplan (Little Rock) Regional Planning $1,400,000
California Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento Community Challenge $150,000
City of West Sacramento Community Challenge $400,000
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (Oakland) Regional Planning $4,991,336
Colorado Denver Regional Council of Governments Regional Planning $4,500,000
Connecticut Town of Mansfield Community Challenge $610,596
City of Stamford Community Challenge $1,105,288
Florida City of Opa-locka Community Challenge $624,479
Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Community Challenge $1,980,504
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (Altamonte Springs) Regional Planning $2,400,000
Idaho/Wyoming Fremont County Regional Planning $1,500,000
Illinois City of Freeport Community Challenge $295,419
Village of Oak Park Community Challenge $2,916,272
Iowa/Nebraska Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency Regional Planning $2,045,000
Kansas Flint Hills Regional Council Regional Planning $1,980,000
Regional Economic Area Partnership Regional Planning $1,500,000
Louisiana Parish of St. Charles Community Challenge $442,422
Maryland Baltimore Metropolitan Council Regional Planning $3,503,677
Massachusetts City of Boston Community Challenge $1,865,160
Monttachusett Regional Planning Commission (Fitchburg) Community Challenge $129,500
City of Worcester Community Challenge $930,000
Michigan City of Grand Rapids Community Challenge $459,224
County of Washtenaw Community Challenge $3,000,000
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Lansing) Regional Planning $3,000,000
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (Traverse City) Regional Planning $660,000
Missouri Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City) Community Challenge $403,432
Montana Opportunity Link (Havre) Regional Planning $1,500,000
Nevada City of Henderson Department of Community Development Regional Planning $3,488,000
New Hampshire New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (Bedford) Community Challenge $1,000,000
Nashua Regional Planning Commission Regional Planning $3,369,648
New Jersey Edward J. Blounstein School for Policy & Planning at Rutgers Regional Planning $5,000,000
New Mexico Pueblo de Cochiti Housing Authority Community Challenge $292,023
Doña Ana County Regional Planning $2,000,000
New York City of Binghamton Community Challenge $486,058
Adirondack Gateway Council, Inc. Regional Planning $750,000
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Regional Planning $2,000,000
North Carolina City of High Point Community Challenge $239,141
Centralina Council of Governments (Charlotte) Regional Planning $4,907,544
Cape Fear Council of Governments Regional Planning $1,130,000
North Dakota Rural Economic Area Partnership Investment Fund (Minot) Regional Planning $1,500,000
Ohio City of Warren Community Challenge $356,964
Oregon City of Beaverton Community Challenge $1,000,000
Pennsylvania County of Erie Regional Planning $1,800,000
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Regional Planning $3,400,000
Rhode Island Rhode Island Division of Planning Regional Planning $1,934,961
Tennessee Shelby County Government Regional Planning $2,619,999
Texas City of Austin Neighborhood & Development Office Community Challenge $3,000,000
City of Garland Community Challenge $106,500
Heart of Texas Council of Governments (Waco) Regional Planning $660,000
Vermont Northwest Regional Planning Commission (St. Albans) Regional Planning $480,000
Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (Woodstock) Regional Planning $540,000
Washington City of Seattle Community Challenge $2,999,257
Thurston Regional Planning Council (Olympia) Community Challenge $763,962


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