|HUD No. 11-32
September 28, 2011
HUD AWARDS $600,000 TO EXPAND JOBS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS
Trenton one of only twelve housing authorities nationwide to receive Section 3 funding to stimulate employment and economic development in local communities
NEWARK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $600,000 to increase hiring of low-income individuals and public housing residents. HUD is awarding twelve housing authorities, cities, and states $50,000 each 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 HUD Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión. "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."
Trenton Housing Authority Executive Director Herbert Brown said "I can't tell you how pleased I was to receive a call today from Adolfo Carrión to be informed of the grant award. The Trenton Housing Authority has always worked to meet and if possible exceed the Section 3 mandates established for contactors receiving Federal monies. Having a Section 3 Coordinator committed to our HOPE VI project will strengthen the program to qualify Section 3 businesses for work in the area, and will assist tenants in succeeding to qualified positions when they become available."
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:
|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|
For additional information about HUD's Section3 program, go to HUD's website.
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