A June 7 Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) announced that $600,000 is available through a national competition for up to 12 applicants to hire a Section 3 Coordinator. Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and jurisdictions using at least $200,000 in CDBG or HOME funding for housing construction or rehabilitation or other public construction are eligible to apply.
The purpose of the Section 3 Coordinator initiative is to build the capacity of PHAs and local governments to meet their Section 3 obligations. Advocates should urge their PHAs and local governments to compete for funding available to hire a Section 3 Coordinator.
The purpose of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 is to ensure that “to the greatest extent feasible,” employment and other economic opportunities (such as construction contracts) generated by federal assistance for housing and community development is directed to very low and low income people, particularly people who receive government housing assistance.
HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) intends to award a grant to at least one PHA or local government in each of the ten HUD regions. Successful applicants will receive $50,000 to hire one Section 3 Coordinator for one year. There is no federal assistance beyond the first year, but applicants able to demonstrate financial means to continue beyond one year will gain more points in the competition.