HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 11-35
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
September 29, 2011

Section 3 funding will stimulate employment and economic development in Springfield

BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $50,000 to increase hiring of low-income individuals and public housing residents in the City of Springfield, Mass. Springfield joins 12 other housing authorities, cities, and states each receiving $50,000 from HUD to hire full-time Section 3 Program Coordinators for one year. These grants will maximize a HUD program that ensures HUD dollars are used to hire low-income individuals and to contract with businesses that hire them.

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 promotes new employment, training, and contracting opportunities on federal HUD-funded projects. "The funding announced today advances HUD's commitment to investing in people as well as buildings in areas of the country that need it greatly," said John Trasviña, HUD
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. "Having a Section 3 Program Coordinator has been shown to be a best practice, maximizing a grantee's ability to promote jobs, contracts, and training opportunities."

Eighty-five housing authorities and local and state governments from around the country applied for this competitive national grant. Grants were awarded to housing authorities and jurisdictions with high unemployment and a demonstrated commitment to partner with other local agencies and sustain the position after one year.

HUD's grant funding will go to the following:

State Recipient City Amount
California County of San Joaquin Housing Authority Stockton $50,000
Florida Orlando Housing Authority Orlando $50,000
Illinois Housing Authority of Joliet Joliet $50,000
Massachusetts City of Springfield Springfield $50,000
Missouri Housing Authority of Kansas City, MO Kansas City $50,000
Montana State of Montana Helena $50,000
New Jersey Trenton Housing Authority Trenton $50,000
North Carolina Statesville Housing Authority Statesville $50,000
North Carolina Sanford Housing Authority Sanford $50,000
Oregon Housing Authority of Portland Portland $50,000
Texas San Antonio Housing Authority San Antonio $50,000
Virginia Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Norfolk $50,000
TOTAL $600,000

For additional information about HUD's Section3 program, go to:


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