New Report Highlights Achievements of OSHC
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recently released a report highlighting programs and activities supported by the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC), which provides seed capital and technical assistance for local governments, nonprofits, and private sector leaders to join forces to pursue new community and economic development opportunities. The report, titled “Helping Communities Realize a More Prosperous Future“, provides examples of both small and large communities that leveraged federal grants to implement projects that revitalize their economy and stimulate investments while improving quality of life.
HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative supports and encourages regional planning initiatives integrating economic and work development, transportation, and housing, through the Community Challenge Program and the Regional Planning Grant Program. The Community Challenge Program helps individual localities develop innovative solutions to development challenges, including modernizing local land-use rules and reducing barriers to affordable housing. The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant supports metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional planning programs addressing the interdependent challenges of: (1) economic competitiveness and revitalization; (2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; (3) energy use and climate change; and (4) public health and environmental impact.
“Regions that embrace sustainable development by making connections between housing and jobs have a built-in competitive edge in attracting employers and private investment. We are beginning to see this in the grantee communities and regions helped by our grants,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.” HUD estimates that its two years of grant funding will have a positive impact on 133 million Americans by helping cities and regions build stronger economies and healthier communities.
The Sustainability Planning Lab examines the plans and activities of HUD regional sustainability grantees. We compare elements of sustainability plans and programs across rural and urban regions and continue to explore a wide range of research questions in partnership with other scholars and institutions. For more information visit our webpage on Regional Planning.