As part of the Obama administration's Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the City of Houston $3.7 million to support sustainable communities across 13 counties in the Houston/Galveston area.
Congressional representatives Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee and Gene Green announced the grant alongside Mayor Annise Parker at a press conference this morning.
HUD is awarding more than $98 million nationally in support of such programs, which hope to link affordable, sustainable housing to local business development and improved transportation infrastructure. It's a combined approach that brings several federal agencies together to address housing, transportation and environmental protection simultaneously. Houston's is among the first grants distributed by the Sustainable Communities program.
Grant requests were judged by a team that drew from eight federal agencies and are awarded in one of two categories: regional planning grants for sustainable development where no plans currently exist (our grant falls in this category) and grants that support implementation of existing sustainability plans.