Preferred Sustainability Status
HUD created Preferred Sustainability Status (PSS) to incentivize coordinated planning and development actions within regions where measurable progress has taken shape under the Sustainable Communities Initiative.
If your community is within the nine-county Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) region, you may be eligible for designation of Preferred Sustainability Status. Eligibility is based on geographic location of the proposed project and the if the proposed project is determined to meet the criteria of the Livability Principles advanced by communities in the FY2010 or FY2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant and Community Challenge Planning Grant programs. DRCOG was a recipient of a FY2011 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.
The primary benefit for the applicant is the availability of certification of consistency with the Sustainable Communities Initiative, which provides two (2) bonus points on select HUD discretionary grant program applications for entities within the project geography if the PSS Community deems they meet the criteria.
DRCOG is the PSS Community and was the grant recipient of the FY2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant.
At DRCOG, you may contact the Office of the Executive Director, or the Director of Partnership Development and Innovation about the certification process and a letter of certification.
No. PSS Communities (DRCOG) may also write letters of support for other government agency discretionary grant programs (primarily at EPA, DOT, USDA, and EDA) to strengthen their applications. Applicants seeking PSS bonus points are advised to carefully review the program NOFA for which they intend to apply to determine the availability of Preferred Sustainability Status bonus points.
FY2011 grantees and eligible communities have PSS through the end of FY2017 (or whenever the last of FY2017 grant competitions take place).