HUD AWARDS $600,000 TO EXPAND JOBS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW INCOME...

HUD AWARDS $600,000 TO EXPAND JOBS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

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

WASHINGTON, DC – September 30, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — 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

Amount

 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

 TOTAL

$600,000

For additional information about HUD’s Section3 program, go to: www.hud.gov/section3.

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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.
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Contact:
Shantae Goodloe
(202)-708-0685

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

Contact:

Brian Sullivan
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