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Department of Housing and Urban Development and Section 3

Challenges and Opportunities

By Wendy Pollack & Dina Schlossberg

Section 3, a provision in the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, is a tool that can be used to promote employment, training, and other economic opportunities for low- and very low-income persons. For Section 3 to be effective, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with agency recipients of funds for housing and community development, contractors, and Section 3 residents, needs to exercise leadership in its implementation. Section 3 must also be part of an aggressive antipoverty strategy.

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