October 21, 2010
HUD AND DOT AWARD $1,181,250 TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE LIVABLE COMMUNITIES IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA
Unprecedented joint funding to foster integrated approach to housing, jobs and transportation
TAMPA, FL - In an unprecedented collaboration between two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today jointly awarded $1,181,250 to
help stimulate a new generation of sustainable and livable communities in Tampa, Florida, connect housing, employment and economic development with transportation and other infrastructure improvements. The award was delivered by HUD's Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings Jr., at Tampa's Union Station. The joint HUD-DOT funding will support 62 local and regional partnerships seeking to create a more holistic and integrated approach to connecting affordable housing, job opportunities and transportation corridors.
"Today two federal agencies come together to produce a win-win for local communities around the country," said
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "We're helping local and regional planners connect all the dots in their efforts to
make their communities more sustainable and livable. These grants will help communities to hit on all cylinders, producing more affordable housing near good jobs and commercial centers which will help to reduce our energy consumption and increase competitiveness."
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said, "With the investments HUD and DOT are making today, we are strengthening neighborhoods by connecting housing with affordable and sustainable transportation choices. This is a win-win for people who live in these communities because they will have travel options to better serve them."
"This comes as great news; and, as I've said before, high-speed rail could be one of the biggest boosts to Florida's economy since Disney and the Interstate system," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. "Today's announcement adds one
more piece to the high-speed rail puzzle and will provide a big boost to revitalization efforts in the community."
Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-11) added: "Winning this grant is another great step for Tampa as we develop a high-speed rail line connecting our community to Lakeland and Orlando. The high-speed rail initiative will bring jobs
to our region and spur economic development in our communities, including along Nebraska and Hillsborough
avenues. The revitalization potential here, especially with the Encore redevelopment, is tremendous, and this investment today is another sign the Obama administration is committed to our endeavor to create jobs and build high-speed rail."
HUD is awarding $40 million in new Sustainable Community Challenge Grants to help support local planning designed
to integrate affordable housing, good jobs and public transportation. Meanwhile, DOT is awarding nearly $28 million
in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants to implement localized
plans that ultimately lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development.
With HUD's grant, Tampa will develop a detailed corridor master plan for the Nebraska-Hillsborough Avenue Primary Transit Corridor. The plan will include a detailed station area plan for the High Speed Rail Station, scheduled to begin construction by the end of 2013 and in operation by 2015. Tampa will use a comprehensive design approach for the entire corridor to promote efficiency and functionality, and to better define a unique and distinctive sense of place.
HUD's Sustainable Communities Challenge Grants will foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities. These funds will be used by communities, large and small, to
address local challenges to integrating transportation and housing. When these activities are done in conjunction
with transportation projects, they can greatly increase the efficiency and access of local transportation while encouraging mixed-use or transit-oriented development. Such efforts may include amending or updating local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes to support private sector investment in mixed-use development, affordable housing and the re-use of older buildings. Other local efforts may include retrofitting main streets to provide safer routes for children and seniors, or preserving affordable housing and local businesses near new transit stations.
TIGER II Planning Grants will prepare or design surface transportation projects that would be eligible for funding
under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program. These projects include highways, bridges, transit, railways, ports
or bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Rather than require applicants to navigate two separate grant application procedures that might be on different timelines and with different requirements, HUD and DOT joined their two new discretionary planning programs to create one point of entry to federal resources for local, innovative sustainable community planning projects.
The Community Challenge grants compliment the 45 Sustainable Communities Regional Grants announced last week
by HUD. The Challenge Grants help to support local communities seeking to integrate housing, transportation, and environmental strategies that will enhance local economic development, provide greater housing and transportation choices, and develop long-range visions for how they want their community to grow.
The new HUD-DOT program also builds on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an innovative new interagency collaboration, launched by President Obama in June 2009, between the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Guided by six Livability Principles, the Partnership is designed to remove the traditional federal government silos that exist between departments and strategically target the agencies' transportation, land use, environmental, housing
and community development resources to provide communities the resources they need to build more livable, sustainable communities.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.