The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is in danger of having its funding cut!

“Uhh, whats that?”, you may ask.  Well, I’ll tell you:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and US Dept. of Transportation (DOT) got together in 2009 to help form programs that protect the environment, provide more access to affordable housing, and increase affordable and accessible transportation options.  Sounds great, right?  Well, unfortunately there are people out there who are very against it- people who care more about their personal pocketbooks, right to own acres of suburban property they’re doing nothing with other than watering, and keep people who they don’t deem worthy of occupying the same areas as them out, than the future of our urban and ecological environments.  Sure, they’re entitled to their parochial opinions- but we can speak out too.  And for people who don’t want more taxes (cough cough), this collaboration MAKES SENSE because by connecting these groups into a unified coalition, they’re more able to communicate and create progarms that benefit all of them at once, meaning a more efficient use of tax dollars.  (Wow, that wasn’t politically charged at all…)

“In the past week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip funding for the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Senate will consider funding for the Partnership in the coming days, and now is the time to tell your Senators to maintain funding for this important program.” – Smart Growth America

In order to contact your local senator and have your voice heard, go to this website on Smart Growth America’s webpage.  I’ve sent in my email, you should too!

Here is the government’s website, and the website for the partnership itself.