Congressman Thompson Announces Funding Availability For The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Challenge Planning Grants


And The Department of Transportation’s TIGER II Planning Grants

BOLTON, MS – June 22, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, United States Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced HUD’s $40 million Community Challenge Planning Grant Program, which will foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. HUD’s Community Challenge Planning Grant Program also supports the development of affordable housing through the development and adoption of inclusionary zoning ordinances and other activities such as acquisition of land for affordable housing projects.

DOT is authorized to use up to $35 million of the funds available for TIGER II Discretionary Grants for TIGER II Planning Grants to fund the planning, preparation, or design of surface transportation projects that would be eligible for funding under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program. Applications are available at

For further information, please contact the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program manager via email at TIGERIIGrants (at) dot (dot) gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call Robert Mariner at 202–366–8914. A TDD is available for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, at 202–366–3993. In addition, DOT will regularly post answers to questions and requests for clarifications on DOT’s website at

Questions regarding HUD’s Community Challenge Planning Grant Program should be directed to sustainablecommunities (at) hud (dot) gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or may be submitted through the website. HUD’s contact person is Zuleika K. Morales-Romero, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, 451 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20410-3000, telephone number 202-402-7683/facsimile 202-708-0465, or email: zuleika.k.morales (at) hud (dot) gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For the hearing- or speech-impaired, contact the above telephone number via TTY by dialing the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.


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