The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a study today confirming what we at HUD have been hearing from people in communities around the country since this administration took office: Americans prefer sustainable communities. NAR’s study, the “Community Preference Survey” found that a clear majority of respondents prefer dense walkable areas over those that require more driving between home, work and recreation.
We at HUD have been working to meet the American people’s demand for more sustainable communities since the moment President Obama took office. In 2009, HUD created the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) to award grants promoting smart growth with a focus on walkabliity and density. The response has been overwhelming, with grant applications from every state and two territories all from communities interested in planning a smarter future.
The NAR survey results are another encouraging sign that communities around America are embracing HUD’s push for sustainable communities and we will keep working to deliver the results that families are looking for.