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The District of Columbia Housing Authority recently gave high praise to its contractors who make sure to hire DCHA customers at their businesses, giving them more opportunities for their futures.

The program, called Section 3, is dedicated to providing employment and training opportunities with the agency’s contractors and helping customers find gainful employment on their path to greater self-sufficiency.

“Human capital is always part of DCHA’s mission. We are encouraging our customers and giving them opportunities to not just receive housing assistance, but also find permanent employment,” DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett said to Section 3 contractors who attended a recent breakfast meeting. “Self-sufficiency is always a key when you are building affordable housing throughout the community. We are not going to be able to do this alone. We will need our stakeholders help. We will need you.”

Garrett touted the statistics that 57 percent of all new hires, or more than 150 new employees, at DCHA or its partners were low-income D.C. residents, almost half of whom were DCHA clients, in fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018. This was a nearly 150 percent increase since fiscal 2015. In addition, almost 60 percent of the Section 3 hires are from Wards 7 and 8. In addition, he said, 172 residents were served by Section 3’s other economic opportunities such as computer skills training, entrepreneurship classes, or a blueprint reading workshop.

Garrett also gave the example of the authority’s Modified Apprenticeship Training Program that trained DCHA customers in various types of property management labor, such as painting and electrical work. Of the more than 60 apprentices that graduated from the program, 90 percent have found permanent employment at DCHA or its partner contractors and agencies.

The agency honored Rock Solid janitorial services, Padula Construction Company, and MCN Build for hiring the most Section 3 employees in fiscal 2018. Galaxy Painting and Decorating, Inc.; CIH Properties, Inc.; Montage; Consys, Inc.; Vigil Contracting, Inc.; and Micon Construction received awards for being the most consistent employers and regularly working with the Section 3 coordinator to fill open positions within their companies. Three firms, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Re/Max Distinctive, and RST Electrical and Mechanical, were highlighted for being the most enthusiastic new partners in the Section 3 program. And finally, Marcus Asset Group, Renaissance Equity Partners, TAG, TJ Realty, Clifton Larson Allen, and AE Collective were praised for their trainings and other economic opportunities that they offered to DCHA customers.

“The opportunities you put before our customers could ultimately change their lives,” said Office of Resident Services Director Larry Williams. “Thank you for your partnership and commitment to them.”

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DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett addresses the crowd.
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Last modified: 3/14/2019 5:30:03 PM