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Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Jersey’s First Affordable Supportive Rental Housing for People Living with Multiple Sclerosis

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kershaw Commons—named after Raymond A. Kershaw, former Mayor of Freehold and MS advocate— took place yesterday, August 17. Not only is Kershaw Commons New Jersey's first affordable supportive rental housing for people living with Multiple Sclerosis, but it is the first of its kind on the east coast. Among the many supporters who came out to celebrate the momentous occasion, some notable speakers included Michael Elkow from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Commissioner Lori Grifa from the…

HUD Grants to Require LEED for Neighborhood Development

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Design has reaffirmed its commitment to smart growth, location efficiency, and sustainable communities. The newly released LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) will be used to score the location efficiency of HUD grant applications, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced in June. LEED-ND, which launched in April 2010 as the benchmark for healthy green communities, integrates green building into community development, with the goal of reducing sprawl, increasing transportation choices, decreasing automobile dependence, and encouraging…

Livable Communities: America’s Hometowns

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced in June that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Design is reaffirming its commitment to smart growth, location efficiency, and sustainable communities through the housing agency’s upcoming Sustainable Communities Planning Grants, which combined with other programs, totals $3.25 billion in available funds. “By focusing on livability, we can help transform the way transportation serves the American people—and create safer, healthier communities that provide access to economic opportunities,” Donovan asserted. This commitment parallels that of…