Commitment to Action

SEED: Coalitions for Community Growth

Commitment by

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Education and Energy, committed to launch SEED (STEM, Energy and Economic Development): Coalitions for Community Growth, a place-based initiative that will connect public housing residents across the United States to STEM education and jobs. Leveraging federal investments and national partnerships, SEED will create local coalitions of public-private partners to launch or expand programs that provide access to energy literacy, STEM learning and workforce development opportunities for public housing residents. These opportunities will prepare them for living wage jobs in the energy and STEM fields, including those created by federal investments in infrastructure upgrades and energy retrofits at Public Housing Authorities (PHA’s). In partnership with local PHA’s, SEED will be piloted in five communities: Cleveland (Cuyahoga County), Denver, District of Columbia, San Antonio, and Tampa, with the goal of expanding to 20 cities by 2018. Through this initiative, 8,000 youth in public housing will get access to STEM education; 1,000 residents will receive STEM workforce training, and 1,000 will obtain employment.





SEED: Coalitions for Community Growth



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), U.S. Department of Energy, Denver Housing Authority, Johnson Controls, Inc., Boys and Girls Club of America, U.S. Department of Education, US2020, The Corps Network, Creating IT Futures Foundation, Green City Force, Tampa Electric Company, GRID Alternatives