HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 11-234
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
For Release
September 29, 2011

Section 3 funding will stimulate employment and economic development in local communities

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 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 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
 California  County of San Joaquin Housing Authority  Stockton
 Florida  Orlando Housing Authority  Orlando
 Illinois  Housing Authority of Joliet  Joliet
 Massachusetts  City of Springfield  Springfield
 Missouri  Housing Authority of Kansas City, MO  Kansas City
 Montana  State of Montana  Helena
 New Jersey  Trenton Housing Authority  Trenton
 North Carolina  Statesville Housing Authority  Statesville
 North Carolina  Sanford Housing Authority  Sanford
 Oregon  Housing Authority of Portland  Portland
 Texas  San Antonio Housing Authority  San Antonio
 Virginia  Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing  Authority  Norfolk

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


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