The following update was received from HUD and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity regarding Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (Section 3), which mandates that HUD-funded jobs training and contracts are provided to local low-income residents. HUD is now launching an initiative which would increase opportunities for businesses that hire local public housing residents for HUD-funded projects.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro has also announced the launch of a National Section 3 Business Registry. The registry is a searchable online database that local housing authorities, government agencies, and contractors can use to find firms that are self-certified as employing at least 30 percent public housing residents or low-income workers.
A detailed press release which describes the history of Section 3 and this new local business initiative is available here. You may also find a fact sheet and information brochure of the Section 3 program attached to this message.
HUD is currently accepting feedback on the proposed rule during a 60-day public comment period.