Preferred Sustainability Status

In FY2011, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has developed a system to award 2 bonus points for certain HUD grants for applicants working with communities that have received Preferred Sustainability Status under the HUD FY2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. (See "Eligible Programs.")

To be eligible for these bonus points, applicants must receive a Certification of Consistency with the Sustainable Communities planning process.



HUD anticipates making the Preferred Sustainable Status Communities bonus points available in the following program NOFAs:

  • Asthma Interventions in Public and Assisted Multifamily Housing Grant Program
  • Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI)
  • Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities Program
  • Choice Neighborhoods
  • Continuum of Care
  • Fair Housing Initiatives Program
  • Healthy Homes Production
  • Healthy Homes Technical Studies
  • Hispanic Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC)
  • Historically Black Colleges/Universities Program (HBCU)
    • HOPE VI Main Street
    • HOPE VI Revitalization Housing Counseling Program
    • Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
    • Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program
    • Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration
    • Multifamily Energy Innovation NOFA
    • Rural Innovation Fund
    • Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing (Limited Competition)
    • Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
    • Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program
    • Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP)


    Please note that HUD may revise this list at any time. Applicants are advised to carefully review the program NOFA for which they intend to apply to determine the availability of Preferred Sustainable Status Communities bonus points.

    To view the listing of Preferred Sustainable Status Communities Points of Contact and to determine if your program will be operating within a Preferred Sustainable Status Community area, HUD's Funds Available web site. At that site you will find a link to a map and listing of preferred status areas and contacts.


    Requests will be processed in the order they are received. Please allow a minimum of seven (7) business days for Certification. No rush requests will be processed.

    Please submit the materials listed below to Cheryl Mergo, Designated Preferred Sustainability Status Point of Contact, at

    Please contact Cheryl Mergo for additional information information or questions.

    Cheryl Mergo
    Houston-Galveston Area Council
    P.O. Box 22777
    Houston, TX 77227-2777
    Phone: 713-993-4520
    Fax: 713-993-4503
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