The South Central Regional Council of Governments is a member of a bi-state collaboration of cities, counties, and regional planning organizations which came together to launch New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities. This initiative was awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. The grant was administered by Regional Plan Association. The purpose of the program was to integrate housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning through projects on both a regional and local scale.
The program aimed 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 seeked 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.