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HUD to Connect Low-Income Workers with Job Opportunities Nationwide

New national registry and proposed policy changes to stimulate local economies by connecting low-income residents and qualified businesses with HUD-funded contracting opportunities.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced new changes to strengthen Section 3, a federal program that directs jobs and training to low-income workers and connects businesses that hire them with HUD-funded contracting opportunities. The initiative would increase opportunities for businesses that hire local public housing residents for HUD-funded projects. In addition to changes to Section 3 requirements, Secretary Castro also announced the launch of a National Section 3 Business Registry. The registry is a searchable online database that local housing authorities, government agencies, and contractors can use to find firms that are self-certified as employing at least 30 percent public housing residents or low-income workers.

Every year, HUD funds create thousands of jobs across the country that range from construction to professional services like accounting or engineering. From 2009-2014, based on data reported by public housing authorities and HUD modeling, approximately 170,000 jobs were created by HUD for eligible low-income workers through this program. More than $5 billion in HUD-funded contracts has been directed to Section 3 businesses since 2009. While businesses are only required to hire 30 percent low-income workers, that goal has been exceeded nationally. About 50 percent of new hires for HUD-funded contracts are low-income workers or public housing residents.

To register a business, search the database of local self-certified Section 3 businesses, or to learn more about HUD’s National Section 3 Business Registry, please visit the Section 3 Business Registry web page.

For more information about the Section 3 program, please visit the Section 3 web page.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Section 3, please see the FAQs document.

Funding Opportunity

Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) announces the availability of funds and requests applications for its Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) to serve Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides funds for cooperative agreements to conduct demonstration projects that provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

Organizations that qualify may apply under both this funding opportunity announcement and HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FY-0952, the Health Profession Opportunity Grants for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, or Tribal College or University. However, an organization may only be funded under one of the two funding opportunity announcements, and not both.

Application Deadline for Letter of Intent: April 29, 2015
Application Deadline: May 29, 2015

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Serve TANF Recipients and Other Low-Income Individuals is available here.

The OFA administers several key federal grant programs, including the TANF program and the Tribal TANF program.

Second Round Promise Zones Competition

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Promise Zones competition.

The next round of Promise Zones designations are expected to be announced in Spring 2015.

More information is available on the Promise Zones web page.

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