HUD Partnership


The Regional Planning Grant program offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a product of the work of the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.  On June 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment.

The partnership agencies incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals. The six Livability Principles are:

  • Provide More Transportation Choices
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing
  •  Enhance economic competitiveness
  •  Support existing communities
  • Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment
  • Value communities and neighborhoods.
    • The Opportunity Collaborative has added a seventh Livability Principle for our work here in Baltimore, Protect the Chesapeake Bay



The Regional Planning Grant program encourages grantees to support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure developments in a manner that empowers regions to consider how all of these factors work together to create more jobs and economic opportunities. The program will place a priority on partnerships, including the collaboration of arts and culture, philanthropy, and innovative ideas to the regional planning process.

Recognizing that areas are in different stages of sustainability planning, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has established two categories for the Regional Planning Grant program. The first supports communities that are beginning the conversation about how best to align their housing, transportation, environment, and other infrastructure investments. The second recognizes that some communities have already achieved significant momentum and are prepared to move toward completion and implementation of regional plans for sustainable development.  Baltimore’s award is a Category 1 grant.


As a recipient of a Regional Planning Grant, the Baltimore region has been granted Preferred Sustainability Status by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.  This status allows partners in our region to receive special consideration on specific federal grants. Read more information on how to take advantage of our Preferred Sustainability Status.



Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Collaborative’s application to HUD and work plan

Demonstration Project Grantees News