Crossing Silos: HUD, DOT, and Sustainable Communities

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation have unveiled a new partnership to help families gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs. The partnership eyes a reduction of housing and commuter costs by encouraging affordable, sustainable communities.

When the new initiative was announced in March, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood first discussed their plans for sustainable communities at a U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing hearing titled, “Livable Communities, Transit Oriented Development, and “Incorporating Green Building Practices into Federal Housing and Transportation.”

An interagency task force was subsequently assembled to encourage federal transportation and housing investments and to identify strategies for affordable housing near places of employment, as well as pushing for lower transportation costs and shorter commutes (see Justin Massa’s “Equity 2.0: The Missing Pieces.”)

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