East-West Gateway Awarded $4.6 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant

On October 14th the U.S. Department of Housing an Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of nearly $100 million in grants to support more livable and sustainable communities across the country. In the news release, HUD announced the St. Louis region would receive $4.7 million in funding “to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation.”

The grant is part of the federal government’s new emphasis on integrated planning, where transportation, housing and environmental issues are linked to create more sustainable and economically vibrant communities. The program is part of a growing recognition that citizens and urban leaders need to understand how rising fuel prices, a struggling economy, an unstable housing market and concern over climate change combine to affect the quality of life in their counties, cities, and neighborhoods.