In 2010, HUD established five strategic goals to aide in our mission of creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all. However, HUD does not stand alone in these efforts. It is with the help of our wide network of national foundations, NGOs, and place-based partners that we produce positive change in our nation’s communities. The following initiatives are just some examples of how these partners are aiding in achieving our goals:

Goal 1. Strengthen the Nation’s Housing Market to Bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers

The Surdna Foundation awarded a 3 year grant to Housing Virginia Campaign, Inc. for policy research, community forums and technical assistance to promote location-efficient housing, job centers and commercial development as part of Virginia's first statewide housing plan.

The Rockefeller Foundation awarded a grant to The New York Community Trust toward the costs of the One Region Funders’ Group, a joint grantmaking effort of funders in the Tri-State metropolitan region of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey to support state- and regional-level policy and planning initiatives that link housing, economic opportunity, transportation, and land use issues.

Goal 2. Meet the Need for Quality Affordable Rental Homes

The Kresge Foundation awarded a grant to create scalable energy efficiency solutions for the affordable housing sector in the Baltimore metropolitan area to Enterprise Community Partners; whose mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities.

The Ford Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Center for Neighborhood Technology to conduct research on housing, transportation and energy costs per household and integrate them into an affordability index that informs public policy and residential real estate markets.

Goal 3. Utilize Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life

In February 2012, The Ford Foundation awarded a $30 million grant to enable the community development financial institution Self-Help to merge with seven credit unions in California, kick-starting an effort to expand low- and moderate-income families' access to responsible and affordable financial services across the state, including funding for home loans.

In 2011, The Annie E. Casey Foundation collaborated with HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research to produce a report titled, “Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing Demonstration Program: Final Impacts Evaluation.” The report presents the long-term impacts of a unique housing mobility demonstration, Moving to Opportunity (MTO), on housing and neighborhood conditions, physical and mental health, economic self-sufficiency, risky and criminal behavior, and educational outcomes.

Goal 4. Build Inclusive and Sustainable Communities Free From Discrimination

The Black Male Engagement (BME) Initiative, a project of the Knight and Open Society Foundations, with branches in Detroit and Philadelphia, announced its Leadership Award grant winners in January 2012. Twenty men, 10 in Detroit and 10 in Philadelphia, will receive grants from $5,000 to $40,000 for community projects.

The Rockefeller Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Building America’s Future Educational Fund to revitalize investment in, and raise awareness about, transportation and infrastructure challenges facing cities in the United States with the goal of advancing a national vision that will lead to policies of social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.

Goal 5. Transform the Way HUD Does Business

The Council on Foundations has launched the Public-Philanthropic Partnership Initiative to bring government and philanthropy together in new cross-sector partnerships to address the most chronic and severe issues facing our nation.