Scaling Solutions: A How-To Guide for Unleashing the Potential of Public-Philanthropic Partnerships Based on Lessons Learned from the Sustainable Communities Initiative.
Scaling Solutions explores the distinctive partnerships forged between the public sector and philanthropy through HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative and highlights the wide range of roles that philanthropy played. This guide presents strategies for building cross-sector partnerships tailored to three distinct audiences: philanthropic institutions, local and regional governance bodies, and federal agencies. Using the strategies outlined in this guide, each audience can magnify their individual strengths and scale up innovative approaches.

Financing High-Performing Infrastructure
Climate resilience and green design play crucial roles in solving problems facing communities with aging infrastructure. While new infrastructure comes with a high price tag, green design offers a viable solution in gathering funding for new projects. This fact sheet provides the resources and groundwork for using the bond market, especially green bonds, as a tool for supporting the construction of high-performance infrastructure in diverse communities.

FHEA Results Summaries
All recipients of HUD’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant produced a Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) to examine regional access to opportunity in their communities. The FHEA was an important tool that combined historical context and data-driven analysis to identify policies, land-use decisions, public investments, and regional dynamics that shape local fair housing issues. Find out how SCI grantees translated these equity assessments into meaningful action to address fair housing challenges in this collection of FHEA case studies.

Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative
Green Infrastructure and the Sustainable Communities Initiative features the green infrastructure activities of 30 HUD Sustainable Communities grantees. Green infrastructure refers to the use of vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage storm water and to create healthier environments. At the city, county or regional scale, green infrastructure is a network of natural areas that provide habitat, flood protection, and preserves water resources. Read the report to learn more.

Innovation Series Issue Briefs
The Innovation Series is a set of five fact sheets that introduce you to the ways our renewable energy partners and Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees are tackling climate change, economic resilience, access to opportunity through housing and transportation, equity, and renewable energy for low-income families. Each brief spotlights tested strategies, case studies, and tools that can be used by communities around the country to advance local goals. Visit our Innovation Series page to download individual briefs for your area of interest.