Section 3 Implementation Initiatives. City of Valdosta Public Involvement Department . Section 3 Implementation Initiatives Template. This presentation depicts a sample of the program implementation template used to implement the Section 3 program for the City of Valdosta’s CDBG Program.
City of Valdosta
Public Involvement Department
This presentation depicts a sample of the program implementation template used to implement the Section 3 program for the City of Valdosta’s CDBG Program.
This presentation describes a Five-Step Process and has been designed to assist with the creation of a Section 3 Program for CDBG Entitlement Communities.
Five-Step Process for Section 3 Implementation:
Step 1: Know what Section 3 is & the components of the Section 3.
Step 2: Determine and meet with the partners within your organization that will assist with the Section 3 Implementation Plan.
Step 3: Determine and meet with the partners outside of your organization that will assist with the Section 3 Implementation Plan.
Step 4: Devise a Plan of Action that will be followed to implement your Section 3 Program. and get it adopted by governing authority.
Step 5: Whenever possible, utilize Section 3 Residents and Business Concerns.
What is Section 3?
CDBG – Community Development Block Grant (HUD)
CDBG-R – Community Development Block Grant –Recovery (HUD)
CHIP – Community Home Investment Program (DCA)
EDI – Economic Development Initiative (HUD)
BEDI – Brownfield Economic Development Initiative
NSP- Neighborhood Stimulus Program
HOPWA – Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids
ESG – Emergency Shelter Grants
University Partnership Grants
Certain Grants Awarded Under HUD Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs)
In Regards to Public and Indian Housing, THERE IS NO FUNDING THRESHOLD.
Section 3 Applies to:
In Regards to Housing and Community Development:
THE THRESHOLD IS:
Hire Section 3 Certified Residents
--Public housing residents including persons with disabilities.
--Low and Very low income persons who live in the area where a HUD assisted project is located.
Hire a Section 3 Certified Business Concern
--A Section 3 Business is one that either:
a) Is owned by a Section 3 Resident (51% or more).
b)Employs Section 3 Residents. (At least 30% of full time employees.)
c)Subcontracts with businesses that provide opportunities to low and very low income persons. (At least 25% of award amount.)
You should know and study your organization’s Section 3 Implementation Plan…..
This Plan should portray to anyone that reads it exactly what your organization plans to do in regards to the implementation of Section 3 within your HUD assisted programs or projects and ensuring Section 3 program compliance. Your Section 3 Plan will most likely be one of the items reviewed during a HUD monitoring visit.
Directly Involved Partners
(Example for City of Valdosta)
Indirectly Involved Partners
(Example for City of Valdosta)
The City of Valdosta’s Neighborhood Development Division Coordinates the Section 3 activities for our CDBG funding. Section 3 activities may include:
The Neighborhood Development Division entered into an MOU with the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Work Ready/Work Force Development Program to:
The City of Valdosta has a close working relationship with the Valdosta Housing Authority (VHA).
Inform all residents of the Valdosta Housing Authority Housing stock of the Section 3 Information Sessions and the City received a much greater attendance than expected.
Have a facility in which to conduct the Section 3 Information Sessions
Have a facility in which to conduct GED testing and classes and job skills training.
We are also in the process of tapping into other possible community partners that can strengthen our Section 3 Program, such as:
The Department of Labor (DOL)
The Valdosta City Alternative/Evening School
Valdosta State University’s (VSU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
VSU SIFE Program
The DRA is the area in which the City’s CDBG funds are used. However, trying to handle all residents of all 17 neighborhood at one time was not feasible. So, in order to have a starting point for Section 3 Implementation, the Neighborhood Development Division decided to break the Section 3 Information Sessions up in order of priority** to make the number of participants more manageable for staff:
1st Priority – Area Public Housing Residents (Valdosta Housing Authority)
2nd Priority – Residents of the Designated Revitalization Area (DRA)
3rd Priority – Entire City of Valdosta
**The priority of focus is to be delineated in your organization’s Section 3 Implementation Plan.
Section 3 Plan should be adopted by your local governing authority.
The process of determining if a business is a Section 3 Business is fairly simple. The City of Valdosta’s Small Emerging Business Program or VSEB assists small businesses within the community with information regarding up-coming projects that these businesses may be eligible to bid. Likewise, VSEB also assists our Section 3 Business Concern candidates in becoming a Section 3 Business Concern.
The names of “Certified” Section 3 Business Concerns are copied into a database that is kept current and is available upon request for the following:
*A Database of Section 3 Certified Residents is kept on hand in the Neighborhood Development Division as well.
For Section 3 Certification Forms and Info. Contact:
Neighborhood Development Coordinator/Section 3 Coordinator
The City of Valdosta
For Additional Information regarding WorkReady Testing Contact:
Director of Workforce Development
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
For information regarding the Public Involvement Department Contact:
Assistant to the City Manager
The City of Valdosta