Access to housing that is healthy, affordable, and accessible to jobs and amenities is important to all of us. Bank of America and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) are helping make it happen for vulnerable communities.
The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program awards funding and provides educational resources to affordable housing developers who are pursuing certification using the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) rating system. With generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, the grant program recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities.
A lack of quality, affordable housing remains one of the most critical problems facing metropolitan regions across the country and around the globe. Over 6.5 million low-income families spend more than 50% of their incomes on housing and utility costs, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Less expensive housing is often located far from job centers and transit, further burdening low-income families.
Encouraging locations central to jobs, services and amenities, LEED ND is transforming neighborhoods into walkable, affordable, sustainable communities to live, work and learn.