Funding Eliminated for HUD's Sustainable Communities Program
Negotiators in the Senate and House of Representatives have reached an agreement on federal spending on urban initiatives and rail transportation for the 2012 fiscal year. The agreement preserves funding for transit and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants program, but completely cuts funding for high-speed rail and the Sustainable Communities Initiative (the Department of Housing & Urban Development's contribution to the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities).
Victor Dover, CNU Board Chair, released the following statement on the Transportation and Housing & Urban Development Appropriations Act:
"The Sustainable Communities program has in a short time become a low-cost, high-yield investment. The coordinated regional planning efforts supported by the program are bringing about long-needed breakthroughs. Practical, cost-saving, job-creating ideas are shared and applied. Real value is being created for households and businesses. The plans will save money at all levels of government. Cutting the program now is exactly opposite of what makes sense; it should be expanded."
Our allies at organizations like Smart Growth America and Reconnecting America have issued similar statements against these funding cuts. CNU remains committed to the efforts behind the Sustainable Communities Initiative and will continue to work on behalf of the principles it upholds.
Write your comments in the box below and share on your Facebook!