Friday, March 20, 2009

Federal Housing and Transportation Agencies Team Up

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new joint effort between their departments to promote affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs. They discussed their plans for sustainable communities today at a U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing hearing titled, “Livable Communities, Transit Oriented Development, and incorporating Green Building Practices into Federal Housing and Transportation.”

DOT and HUD have created a interagency task force to better coordinate federal transportation and housing investments. The task force will facilitate integrated housing and transportation planning, redefine housing affordability to account for transportation costs, develop livability measures, and harmonize programs between the two departments.

You can read the original DOT new release here. You can read Secretary Donovan’s testimony at the House hearing here, and Secretary LeHood’s testimony here.

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