Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1994, requires that, to the greatest extent feasible, employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD funds be directed to low- and very low-income residents. 24 CFR Part 135 establishes the standards and procedures to be followed by Public Housing Authorities (PHA) in order to ensure that the requirements of Section 3 are met. 24 CFR Part 135 also requires that PHAs make the best efforts to ensure that 30% of new hires of the PHA and its contractors funded through development assistance, operating assistance or modernization assistance from HUD be residents of the PHA's communities.
Furthermore, it requires that best efforts be made to ensure that 10% of all construction or repair-related contracts and 3% of all other contracts be awarded to Section 3 business concerns. A Section 3 business concern is defined as a business concern that is 51% owned by PHA or other Section 3 residents, or 30% of whose permanent full-time employees are PHA or other Section 3 residents or have been within the past three years. The terms used in this Policy are as defined in 24 CFR Part 135.
The Village Communities of the City of Texarkana, Texas (VCTT) is committed to helping the residents of its communities achieve their goals of self-sufficiency by providing opportunities for training and employment. VCTT provides employment opportunities on construction projects by encouraging its contractors to hire qualified residents of VCTT communities, connecting residents to job training and placement activities, and providing program coordination that facilitates economic opportunities for residents. VCTT also provides employment opportunities by hiring qualified residents of VCTT communities for available VCTT positions.