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It is the policy of the DCHA to continue to expand the mechanisms through which public housing residents, residents of surrounding communities, and Housing Choice Voucher Program participants can develop careers and generate income that can permanently sustain economic independence.

The HUD program required by Section 3 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u) (Section 3) and amended by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (1992 Act) (commonly known as and hereinafter as the “Section 3” Program), is one mechanism through which DCHA has implemented, and intends to continue to develop it’s efforts in support of economic independence for residents and others.

The Section 3 Program has two aspects:

1) Hiring and Employment Opportunities. This aspect relates to hiring and ensures that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with federal and local laws and regulations, be directed to low and very low income persons, particularly recipients of housing assistance from DCHA.

2) Contracting and Subcontracting Opportunities. This aspect relates to contracting and subcontracting with Resident Owned and Section 3 Businesses that provide opportunities to low and very low income persons particularly recipients of housing assistance from DCHA.

DCHA’s implementation of the Section 3 Program provides a mechanism that will enable DCHA to require and help its contractors, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers to provide employment, training, and business opportunities for public housing residents, residents of surrounding communities, and Housing Choice Voucher Program participants. Additionally, the Section 3 Program promotes economic development through entrepreneurial, self-sufficiency and community reinvestment opportunities.

Last modified: 8/20/2010 8:54:18 AM