Section 3 Business Program
Denver Housing Authority is deeply committed to and energetically supports HUD’s Section 3 Business Program. DHA’s Section 3 Business Program has been designed to support the Section 3 regulations of 24 CFR Part 135. DHA strives to create sustainable economic opportunities for public housing residents through partnerships with our contractors. All DHA contracts are required to comply with Section 3 Regulations. The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that, to the greatest extent feasible, that employment, training and business opportunities created by HUD financial assistance be directed to low and very-low income persons. The Business Status affidavit defines three categories of Section 3 Businesses listed in highest priority order. The below chart provides the definition of a Section 3 Resident as it applies to the Section 3 Business Concern Affidavit.
Section 3 Residents
Categories – A Section 3 resident is a low or very low income individual who:
- Category One - is a DHA resident and lives in close proximity to the construction site.
- Category Two – is a resident of other housing developments managed by DHA.
- Category Three – are participants in HUD Youthbuild Program located in Metro Denver.
- Category Four – is a resident of the City and County of Denver.
The definitions of a Section 3 Business are as follows:
Category 1 Section 3 Business: A business that is fifty-one percent (51%) or more owned by Section 3 residents (see below resident definition)
Category 2 Section 3 Business: A business whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least thirty percent (30%) of whom are currently Section 3 residents, or within three (3) years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents (see below resident definition)
Category 3 Section 3 Business: A business that provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of twenty-five percent (25%) of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to business concerns that meet the qualifications set forth in Section 3 Business Categories (1) and (2) above
Each contractors Section 3 Business plan will be evaluated for each solicitation for purposes of addressing HUD Section 3 Business goals.
Education and Employment Program (Section 3 Hiring)
Denver Housing Authority is deeply committed to and energetically supports HUD’s Resident Employment & Opportunity Program. DHA’s Education & Employment Program has been designed to support the Section 3 regulations of 24 CFR Part 135. DHA strives to create sustainable economic opportunities for public housing residents through partnerships with our contractors.
All DHA contracts over $25,000 are required to comply with Section 3 regulations with participation in the DHA Education & Employment Program. Contractors will work with the DHA Education & Employment Program to create new job opportunities in collaboration with vendors and subcontractors. The completion of the attached Form will assist with monitoring progress in the program.
The goal of the Education & Employment Program is to invest in the community as partners with our vendors and subcontractors. Our greatest investment is more than the structures and edifices that are left when the project is completed – our greatest investment is the people.
Available Contractor Support:
The DHA Education & Employment Program addresses the main issues facing businesses today:
- Proper Selection of Potential Employees
- Training of Employees
- Tax Benefits
- Possible Wage Assistance
- Employee Retention
DHA will provide the following for companies in support of the Education & Employment Plan:
- A staff person to assist your firm in designing a successful program that effectively meets the training and short and long term staffing needs of your company.
- Assistance with job referrals and job placement support.
- Preference when competing for DHA contracts.
DHA works closely with program candidates in order to provide the following soft skills training:
- Job Readiness Training
- Resume Writing & Interview Basics
- Barrier Assessment
DHA recognizes that trained and qualified candidates are needed to fill these various positions. DHA works closely with community training partners so that candidates have access to the latest technologies and training. Candidates are encouraged to have ongoing training so that skills are current. DHA currently works with the following providers who provide training in emerging industries:
- Red Rocks Community College
- Arapahoe Community College
- Mile High Youth Corps
- OED Workforce Centers
Companies that have included an Education & Employment Program Implementation Plan as part of their proposal for a DHA contract receive a preference based on the following evaluation criteria:
- Provides economic opportunities for low income residents of the Denver Housing Authority.
- Participates in the DOL sponsored YouthBuild program in metropolitan Denver.
- Provides economic opportunities for low and very low income persons residing with the metropolitan area (or Non-metropolitan County) in which the assistance is provided.
- Employs more than 30% of low and very low income workers.
- Subcontracts 25% of contract efforts to any of the above priority categories.
DHA will work with your company to ensure the successful implementation of your Plan. The successful implementation of the Education & Employment Program will be highlighted in our contractor performance evaluation files. This maximizes your company’s competitive position on future DHA procurement efforts. Please contact a Denver Housing Authority representative to discuss anticipated job openings and training opportunities: Lynne Picard 720-932-3052 and Damon McIntyre 720-956-3824