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The District of Columbia Housing Authority and its contractors provide job training and employment opportunities to eligible low-income individuals in Washington DC. In addition, DCHA also offers training and support for low-income clients who are seeking employment opportunities.

The basis of these employment opportunity programs is Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u), as amended by Section 915 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992.   The acts “ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, be directed toward low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.”

DCHA affirms its commitment to Section 3 by ensuring that all contractors and any tier subcontractors that are awarded contracts partially or wholly funded by DCHA for work generated through HUD funding shall take all necessary and reasonable steps to provide meaningful, full-time, permanent employment and training to Section 3 residents. It is further reaffirmed that all contractors and any tier subcontractors that are awarded a contract partially or wholly funded by DCHA for work generated through the expenditure of HUD funding shall take all necessary and reasonable steps to provide business opportunities to Section 3 business concerns.