BMC Awarded $3.5M HUD Grant
BMC Awarded $3.5M HUD Grant to Develop Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
(November 22, 2011 – Baltimore, MD) The U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development announced yesterday that the Baltimore Metropolitan Council was one of 29 regional areas to receive a 2011 Sustainable Communities Grant. The $3,503,677, grant will support efforts to coordinate housing, economic development, workforce development, and transportation plans to create jobs and economic opportunities and improve the quality of life in the region’s communities over the next quarter-century.
BMC was the lead applicant of a 26-member consortium, which includes seven local governments, three state agencies, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, two universities and thirteen non-governmental members. One of BMC’s goals was to include participation by populations traditionally marginalized in the decision-making process.
The Regional Plan for Sustainable Development will connect the region’s citizens with jobs by creating better links among housing, transportation and workforce development plans, and aligning funding streams and strategies. BMC’s grant proposal included substantial funds for training programs for jobs in growing industries as well as demonstration projects in green and healthy housing, watershed protection, and transit-oriented development.
Estelle Richmond, Deputy Secretary of HUD, presented a ceremonial check to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, BMC Chair, at City Hall, noting that the grant will help create new visions for how communities and regions plan for housing, transportation, workforce development and the quality of life for their residents for generations to come. “When 52 percent of the average working family’s income is devoted to housing and transportation costs alone, we know that we have a responsibility to fix that and provide housing and transportation options than can improve their quality of life and economic vitality.”
To that end, one of the desired outcomes is to increase the proportion of low and very low income households within a 30-minute transit commute of major employment centers.
“On behalf of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, I want to thank HUD for their support of the Baltimore region, said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “This grant is going to help us plan for the future, and together improve our long-term strategies for housing, transportation, and workforce development.”
The consortium members are:
Members Required by HUD
Baltimore Metropolitan Council: Lead Applicant/Regional Non-Profit
Baltimore Regional Transportation Board: Metropolitan Planning Organization
Baltimore City: Traditional principal city
Baltimore County: Jurisdiction with largest population
Other Government Members
The City of Annapolis; Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties; and the Maryland Departments of Housing and Community Development, Planning, and Transportation
Other Non-Governmental Members
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Associated Black Charities, Baltimore Integration Partnership, Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, Citizens Planning & Housing Association, Inc., Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality (BRIDGE), Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, Enterprise Community Partners, The Greater Baltimore Committee, Innovative Housing Institute, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, and 1,000 Friends of Maryland
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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council is an organization of the elected executives of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. The executives are committed to identifying regional interests and developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs which will improve the quality of life and economic vitality throughout the region.