HUD EXPANDS JOB AND CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND THE BUSINESSES THAT HIRE THEM

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it is launching a Section 3 Business Registry pilot program in Washington, D.C. that will expand job opportunities for low-income people and public housing residents by maintaining a registry of businesses that currently hire them. Additionally, HUD will implement the pilot program in New Orleans, Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami, to give contracting agencies and low-income residents a single source of information to find eligible Section 3 businesses and job opportunities.

HUD, HHS AND HEALTH GROUPS ANNOUNCE NEW SMOKE-FREE HOUSING TOOLS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and heath advocates today launched a new set of tools to encourage and guide private owners of federally assisted multifamily housing and public housing authorities to adopt smoke-free policies to protect residents from the dangers of second-hand smoke and to reduce property maintenance costs.

HOUSING AUTHORITIES ACROSS U.S. GEARING UP FOR FATHER’S DAY

WASHINGTON – For the second consecutive year, hundreds of public housing authorities across the country are gearing up to host free events to celebrate Father’s Day. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports more that nearly 300 local agencies answered HUD’s call to host Father’s Day 2012, compared to approximately 200 agencies during last year’s inaugural event. The purpose of Saturday’s celebration is to celebrate fatherhood, family and to support dads in staying connected with their children.

HUD, VA TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL HOUSING AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS VETS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide an additional $2.5 million to public housing agencies to supply housing and case management for 380 homeless veterans. (See list below.) This funding is part of a total $75 million the Obama Administration is investing this year to house 10,450 homeless veterans who might otherwise be living on the streets.