Continuum of Care (CoC) Program awards: These were announced this week, with approximately $1.54 billion being awarded. The CoC Program provides funding for transitional and permanent housing and supportive services.
It’s a major day of defeat for Congress, which bilaterally failed to prevent the across-the-board funding cuts that take effect today. It’s an even greater defeat for all those affected by the cuts—federal employees, students and teachers, scientists, defense contractors, airline passengers, low-income earners, the homeless and near-homeless, and so on. The list goes on as the reality sinks in.
First, let's define "sustainability." It's a crucial catchword these days in both private and public sectors. But its definition will vary according to who you speak with.
Imagine: “Being able to take your kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, drop by the grocery or post office, go out to dinner and a movie, and play with your kids in a park, all without having to get in your car.” This might sound like a day’s activities in an Austrian city—utopian by the standards of urban sprawl America. But the quotation comes from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood as he defines livability, a catchword you see in numerous grant programs these days. So how does livability manifest at the federal initiative level down to the local implementation level across the U.S.?
On April 17, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies approved its FY 2013 spending bill, which includes $3.1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program (an increase of $152 million from FY 2012) and a restoration of funding to the Sustainable Communities Initiative program. TIGER received $500 million, Choice Neighborhoods $120 million, and the Sustainable Communities Initiative $50 million. The bill includes $39.1 billion for federal highway programs and $1.75 billion for rail infrastructure, including funding proposed for Amtrak, which is to receive $1.45 billion. Read this analysis for a detailed breakdown of the appropriations.