HUD Section 3 - Creative Economic Development
Federal grant funds mandate the County to link projects with jobs. The typical approach by most communities is to treat as an onerous requirement placed on the contractors. The Department of Community Development and Housing (CDH) sees the mandates as an opportunity to partner with the contractors. CDH markets Workforce Development Services and the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino’s “Moving to Work” initiative as a tool to open the door for our unemployed or residents to gain access to high paying construction jobs.
Any federally-funded County contracts that are partially or fully funded by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds in excess of $100,000 initiate Section 3 requirements. Section 3 requires that employment, training, contracting and other economic and business opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance provides job opportunities for public housing residents and other low-income persons, and business concerns. CDH incorporates this requirement on all affordable housing developments funded with the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds and County capital improvement projects funded with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The County occasionally may receive additional funding that may contain a Section 3 requirement.
CDH took an innovative approach by reaching out to other County departments to create a more comprehensive program that utilizes their strengths into one single approach. This cooperative partnership, to the greatest extent feasible, benefits both County residents and contractors by exposing them to a broader range of employment and business opportunities that the County has to offer to assist them in their current and future projects.
The relationship between departments improves County government operations by expanding existing programs and services to a larger pool of participants. The cooperative partnership implements the Countywide Vision, and is consistent in the pursuit of County goals and objectives by working with other governmental agencies, to create, maintain, and grow jobs and economic value in the County and improves County government operations.