Partnership for Sustainable Communities
On June 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined together to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. The partnership agencies incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has identified livability as a key priority for transportation. The Secretary's vision is "transportation policies that focus on people and communities who use the transportation system." A major way DOT helps communities pursue these aims is by issuing grants to eligible recipients for planning, vehicle purchases, facility construction, operations, and other purposes.
U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love. Through research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants, and technical assistance, EPA is helping America's communities turn their visions of the future into reality.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The mission of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) is to create strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy. OSHC offers funding opportunities to help communities realize their own visions for building more livable, walkable, and environmentally sustainable regions.
Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities
Rural communities across America are working to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life to residents, and build on assets such as traditional main streets, agricultural and working lands, and natural resources. This report summarizes the Rural Work Group’s findings and creates a framework for the Partnership’s future work with rural communities.
A Year of Progress for American Communities
One of our country’s most pressing goals is to build an economy that provides good jobs now and which creates a strong foundation for enduring prosperity. To accelerate job growth for current and future generations, that foundation must be built with expanded housing and transportation choices, greater energy independence, and better protection for our clean air and water.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is working to support local communities building livable and sustainable places all over the country. Since forming the Partnership for Sustainable Communities in 2009, HUD, DOT, and EPA have announced a series of grants and other assistance to over 200 communities across the country. To learn more, please visit www.sustainablecommunities.gov.