OHA is committed to ensuring that Section 3-eligible residents in Oakland are given access and opportunities for employment with the contractors and vendors who do business with OHA. The program is designed to promote economic investment in our local community and to facilitate the self-sufficiency of our residents.
When vendors who contract with OHA have a need to add "new hires" to their workforce they are required to make a good faith effort to hire Section 3 applicants whenever possible. OHA's Family and Community Partnerships department (FCP) is dedicated to identifying and referring qualified workers who have the necessary skills or have been trained through various local job training programs. Residents should contact FCP for more information.
In addition to hiring labor and staff for work contracted by OHA, vendors are encouraged to consider sub-contracting with Section 3 owned businesses. Many Section 3-owned businesses would benefit from the opportunity to work on some of the larger OHA projects that are awarded to larger contractors/vendors. We also invite Section 3 businesses to apply and compete for open bid opportunities when available.
of a Section 3 business
A Section 3
Business is defined as:
- A business
that is 51% (or more) owned by residents receiving rent subsidy or other
low-income Oakland residents;
permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least 30% of whom are
currently Section 3 residents, or within three years of the date of first
employment with the business concern were a Section 3 resident; or
evidence of a commitment to subcontract to Section 3 business concerns, 25
% or more of the dollar amount of the awarded contract.
For more information about the Section 3 requirement, contact Rufus Davis, Section 3 Compliance Officer.
For a copy of the Section 3 Available Workers List, contact the Workforce and Employment Development Coordinator, Patraya Lowe, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forms (Confirm URL and then Move to box)
3 Action Plan
3 Employment Referral Form (Resident Form)
Section 3 of
the Federal Housing Act of 1968 ( “Section 3”) requires that economic
opportunities generated by certain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent
feasible, be given to low-income persons, particularly those who are
recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that
provide economic opportunities for these persons.
governing the implementation of Section 3 are contained in 24 CFR Part 135.
these statutory and regulatory requirements, the Oakland Housing Authority has
incorporated the Economic Opportunities Policy into its Procurement Policy (See Exhibit B).
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