In June 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency to create an Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. In the context of the federal partnership, HUD created the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program in an effort to support metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, infrastructure plans and to empower jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of economic growth and revitalization, access to opportunity, public health, and environmental impact simultaneously.

In August 2011, in response to HUD’s FY2011 Sustainable Communities Grant Program solicitation, the Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University (Rutgers-Bloustein), the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), jurisdictions from throughout the NJTPA region, NJ TRANSIT, the NJ Office of Planning Advocacy (NJOPA), Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDN-NJ), the Sustainability Institute/Sustainable Jersey at The College of New Jersey; NJ Future; Building One New Jersey; PlanSmart NJ; and Regional Plan Association (RPA) submitted a collaborative grant application to create TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY.

In November 2011, HUD notified TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY that its application had been selected for an award in the amount of $5 million. As part of the application process, TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY partners agreed to enter into a formal “consortium agreement” within 120 days of the effective date of the grant agreement. The effective date of the grant agreement is January 15, 2012.

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • 13 County Governments in the NJTPA Region
  • Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University (Rutgers-Bloustein)
  •  North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)
  • NJ TRANSIT
  • NJ Office of Planning Advocacy (NJOPA)
  • Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDN-NJ)
  • Sustainability Institute/Sustainable Jersey at The College of New Jersey
  • NJ Future
  • Building One New Jersey
  • PlanSmart NJ
  • Regional Plan Association (RPA)