Ford Foundation Announces Five-Year, $200M Metro Program

The Ford Foundation has announced a five-year, $200 million effort to help “transform the way that cities, suburbs and surrounding communities grow and plan for the future” by anchoring housing, transportation, and land-use policy to promote economic growth.

The program also aims to build on successful collaborations and policy innovations Ford has supported in communities throughout the country, providing models that can be adopted and adapted in other metropolitan regions.

The initiative was announced by Ford Foundation President Luis A. Ubiñas to some 300 local, state, and federal leaders gathered to discuss the revitalization of American communities that once relied almost solely on the auto industry for jobs and growth. Urbinas said metropolitan communities should plan together and collaborate on challenges that include affordable housing, infrastructure investments, education and job creation.

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Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.



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