U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards $4.25 million grant to Miami-Dade County

MIAMI – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $4.25 million grant to Miami-Dade County and six other counties, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Monroe, to promote economic growth. This seven-county regional partnership was created through the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, in order to plan, design and implement a multi-jurisdictional regional plan for sustainable development.

South Florida was one of 45 regional areas that will receive funding through a new initiative intended to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation. The Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning will serve as the lead department to coordinate County implementation efforts and serve as the primary liaison with the Planning Councils and the six partner counties.

“Sustainability is a priority of my administration, and U.S. HUD has given Miami-Dade County an opportunity to work with our other local government partners in South Florida in developing a regional plan that links sustained growth with transportation improvements, new housing, and economic development,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

These grants bring HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency together to ensure that the agencies’ policies, programs, and funding consider affordable housing, transportation, and environmental protection together. This interagency collaboration gets better results for communities and uses taxpayer money more efficiently. Coordinating federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services meets multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives with each dollar spent. The Partnership is helping communities across the country to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. At a time when every dollar the federal government invests in jumpstarting the economy is critical, the President’s plan ensures that all these agencies are coordinating efforts and targeting resources with precision. Reflecting this new collaboration, these grants were judged by a multidisciplinary review team, drawn from eight federal agencies and from partners in philanthropy.

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.

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