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September 28, 2011
HOME FORWARD OF PORTLAND WINS $50,000 TO EXPAND JOB & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS OF COMMUNITIES BENEFITTING FROM HUD-FUNDED PROJECTS
Portland one of 12 housing authorities in nation to win total of $600,000 in first-ever Section 3 grants
PORTLAND - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $50,000 to Home Forward - the new name of the Housing Authority of Portland - to provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low-income residents in connection with HUD-funded projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
Home Forward was one of 12 housing authorities to receive a total of $600,000 in awards under HUD's Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Section 3 promotes new employment, training, and contracting opportunities on HUD-funded projects. 85 organizations nationwide competed for the grants announced today. This is the first time in the 40-year history of Section that HUD has competitively awarded grants so that authorities may employ Section 3 coordinators.
"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."
"HUD-funded projects play a crucial role in improving the look and feel and vitality of communities," said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "But they also stimulate their economies of those communities. These grants will play a critical role in helping insure that the people who live and the companies doing business in neighborhoods affected by HUD projects have a fair and full chance to benefit from that economic activity."
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. Grants were awarded to:
|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: www.hud.gov/section3.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.