Bay Area Prosperity Plan

Bay Area Prosperity Plan

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Residents shop at the Santa Rosa Farmers' Market, with piles of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in the foreground.
Shoppers at the Santa Rosa Farmers' Market.
Credit
Peter Beeler

The Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan was funded through a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for a 3-year process from 2012 to 2015 to explore an integrated approach to planning for housing, transportation and jobs in the region.

A project Steering Committee oversaw implementation of the grant program. The Committee was composed of representatives from the public, private, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. Three working groups oversaw a sub-grant program that funded more than 50 pilot projects at the local and subregional level to address the following 3 challenges:

  1. Providing affordable housing near transit and jobs;
  2. Expanding economic opportunities and mobility for lower wage workers; and
  3. Mitigating displacement risks in vulnerable neighborhoods.

A key goal of the project was engagement of disadvantaged populations in decision-making processes, while also building organizational capacity in these communities to engage in local and regional processes post-grant.

The following pages document project outcomes, including findings from pilot projects, funded research and discussions at the working group and Steering Committee meetings.

Vikrant Sood
Senior Planner
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
vsood@bayareametro.gov
(510) 817-5828

Doug Johnson
Senior Planner
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
djohnson@bayareametro.gov
(510) 817-5846