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HUD Awards National Capital Region Preferred Sustainability Status

Preferred Sustainable Communities

In FY2011, HUD will award 2 bonus points to applicants that are working in the following ways with communities that have received Preferred Sustainability Status under the HUD FY2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program and/or the FY2010 HUD funded Challenge Grant Program (hereafter referred to as the Preferred Sustainability Status Communities).

(1) The applicant is engaged in activities, that in consultation with the designated Point of Contact of the HUD designated Preferred Sustainability Status Community furthers the purposes of the Regional Planning Grant Program or the Challenge Grant Program; and

(2) The applicant's proposed activities either directly reflect the Livability Principles cited and contained in HUD's General Section to the FY2011 NOFAs or will result in the delivery of services that are consistent with the goals of the Livability Principles; and

(3) The applicant has committed to maintain an on-going relationship with a HUD Preferred Sustainability Status Community for the purposes of being part of the planning and implementation processes in the designated area.

To be eligible to receive bonus points, an applicant is required to obtain a certification from the Designated Point of Contact for the designated Preferred Sustainability Status Community using form HUD 2995 which verifies that the applicant has met the above criteria. The form will certify the nexus between the proposed activities of the applicant and the Livability Principles as they are being advanced in the Preferred Sustainability Status Community. It must be signed and dated anytime from the date of the publication of the funding opportunity on www.Grants.gov to the deadline date of the funding opportunity. Any certifications signed before or after those dates will not be acceptable. If the applicant is from the agency that holds Point of Contact status in a particular Preferred Sustainability Status Community, the form HUD 2995 must be certified by the appropriate HUD Regional Administrator in consultation with field staff.

 What is Preferred Sustainability Status

In HUD's FY2010 Notice of Funding Availability for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program, we announced that we would offer Preferred Sustainability Status (PSS) to applicants who received a qualifying score. The applicants who accepted this invitation signified that they are committed to continuing to advance sustainability in their region, and that they are interested in the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities (comprised of HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) supporting them in  reaching that objective. PSS will provide the following benefits:

  • In FY2011, HUD will award 2 bonus points to applicants that are working with communities that have received Preferred Sustainability Status under the HUD FY2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program and/or the FY2010 HUD funded Challenge Grant Program. For more information, see here.
  • PSS recipients may be able to preserve elements of their proposal for the FY2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant competition.
  • PSS consortia will be invited to participate in a range of training opportunities to be offered by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. OSHC is establishing a robust capacity building agenda. There will be sharing of best practices in order to enable local communities to incorporate sustainability into municipal and regional plans and the management of the agencies charged to execute them; techniques for moving from visioning and plan development to implementation; and methods for helping communities to prioritize principles for social equity and inclusion that frame long-term outcomes for regional development.
  • A learning network of regions committed to advancing sustainability is under development, which will build peer-to-peer networks focused on issues of common concern. PSS communities will be a part of this network.


National Capital Region's 2010 HUD Sustainable Communities Application

MWCOG's Application for 2010 HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant

Additional Resources:
Region Forward: A Comprehensive Guide for Regional Planning and Measuring Progress in the 21st Century
Region Forward Coalition Project Summary Document

 Applications Certified to Date

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 Important Documents


HUD-2995 Preferred Sustainable Communities form - please note this form is fillable ONLY, once you have completed the form you must print out the form containing information entered. This form will NOT save information entered.


 National Capital Region Point of Contact

When contacting MWCOG, please allow seven business days for COG to review your application and complete the certification process. If you have questions about the process, please contact John Mataya at 202-962-3263 or at jmataya@mwcog.org.

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Washington, DC 20002-4239
Point of contact: David Robertson
Phone: 202.962.3260
Fax: 202.962.3201
drobertson@mwcog.org





 



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