US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Thriving Communities Technical Assistance

2026 Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan Equity Framework

HUD’s Thriving Communities Technical Assistance (TCTA) program helps local governments ensure housing needs are considered as part of their larger infrastructure investment plans, while also supporting equitable development in disadvantaged communities. The TCTA program, funded in 2022 with $5 million, is designed to support the coordination and integration of transportation and housing in infrastructure planning and implementation. Equitable Cities is part of the Thriving Communities Network, offering technical assistance to projects in Syracuse, New York and Rockford, Illinois.

Syracuse, NY: The City of Syracuse is receiving TCTA to strengthen community engagement as a foundation for neighborhood transformation. In 2023, construction began on the Interstate 81 viaduct removal project. The original I-81 construction divided a once-thriving primarily Black community in the 15th Ward, displacing more than 1,200 families and 400 businesses. Next year, the Syracuse Housing Authority will begin construction on a new housing development, including redevelopment of public housing, as part of the New 15th Ward project. Equitable Cities will help city staff develop strategies for coordinating timelines across the housing and transportation projects and strengthen community engagement to rebuild trust among residents. A key goal is to ensure residents’ needs are central to decisions about the housing and transportation projects that will transform their neighborhood.

Rockford, IL: The City of Rockford is receiving TCTA to create a shared vision for an actionable housing plan as it deploys transportation investments. The City is using a USDOT Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant for the Rockford Complete Streets Revitalization project, which will connect the east and west of downtown Rockford and bring bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Rockford is reconfiguring the Whitman Street Interchange, which displaced residents, demolished 109 homes, and disrupted connectivity when it was built. These two projects present an opportunity to address housing needs between the Whitman Street Interchange and the Downtown area, along with giving residents on the west side of Rock River greater access to downtown when the circulator bus is operational. Equitable Cities will provide city staff with strategies for convening stakeholders, including residents, elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits, and private sector entities, to gather input on the City’s housing needs, with a goal of creating an actionable housing plan that has community support.

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