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Local and small business owners learned about a range of contract work with the District of Columbia Housing Authority and had a chance to network with each other during the 4th Annual Vendor Contracting Opportunities Expo on Jan. 14.

And with DCHA serving the needs of 50,000 customers and being “like a little city, with all the needs of a little city,” the agency has a slew of opportunities for vendors,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman.

“It was important to me that we continued this level of dialogue with our business community, particularly our smaller business community, to make sure that you’re aware of the work that’s available at the Housing Authority, but additionally who our other business partners are at the Housing Authority with the hope that we can facilitate some long-term relationships,” she said.

Vendors heard from DCHA department heads who explained how the agency works and what some of the specific contracting needs can include.

“We want to take this opportunity for you to learn more about us and what we do, as well as the opportunity to learn more about our contracting,” said Lorry Bonds, director of the Office of Administrative Services.

A focus during this year’s Expo was explaining to vendors the importance of the Section 3 program, which requires contractors to hire or provide job training to customers whenever possible.

“I think DCHA took this requirement and commitment to heart and really went above and beyond to make sure our [customers] have opportunities for job placement and training, “said Sherrill Hampton, director of the Office of Resident Services.   The Section 3 program is part of the ORS’s Workforce Development Initiative.

Potential vendors also learned about the new DCHA website complete with navigation to the sections on Doing Business with DCHA, Solicitations, and the Online Bidder’s Application.

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