The South Central Regional Council of Governments is a member of an unprecedented bi-state collaboration of cities, counties, and regional planning organizations which have come together to launch New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities. This initiative has been awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. The program is an inter-agency partnership for sustainable communities and is jointly implemented by HUD, the US Department of Transportation (DOT), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant will be administered by Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit regional planning organization and will integrate housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning.
The projects at both the regional and local scales will be striving to align policies and investments with HUD's six livability principles:
- Provide more transportation choices
- Promote equitable, affordable housing
- Enhance economic competitiveness
- Support existing communities
- Coordinate policies and leverage investment
- Value communities and neighborhoods
Accordingly, the initiative seeks to expand economic opportunity by creating and connecting residents to jobs; fostering new affordable, energy-efficient housing; providing more transportation choices; strengthening existing communities; and making the region more globally competitive.