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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded its 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, amounting to nearly $96 million, to 27 communities and organizations and 29 regional areas nationwide this week. Two types of grants were awarded: Community Challenge Grants and Regional Planning Grants.
Community Challenge Grants are given to governments and groups to aid in integrating housing and transportation, according to a department press release. Those efforts could include changing master plans or zoning and building codes to encourage mixed-use developments. Placing affordable housing and businesses near transit stations is another common proposal.
Regional Planning Grants focus on planning efforts that will combine housing, transportation and economic and workforce development with an emphasis on collaborations with partners in areas such as arts and culture and philanthropy.