HUD Awards, Furloughs, Lobbying Call; CBO Report on Grant Making

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 13, 2013 6:11:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Budgets, Grant News, Housing, Formula Grants, CDBG

Federal Grant Programs and the Sequester

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 1, 2013 3:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Local Government, Budgets, Education, Housing, Formula Grants, CDBG

Want Federal Dollars? Show Sustainability

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jun 13, 2012 4:30:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Housing, Urban Planning

Funding Livability: Federal Initiatives, Small-Town Implementation

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 23, 2012 7:53:00 AM

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.?

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Topics: Transportation, Housing, Urban Planning, Environment

Senate Committee Approves Transportation and HUD Budget

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 18, 2012 12:16:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Transportation, Budgets, Legislation, Housing