The Section 3 Division regulates the City’s federal requirements related to the Section 3 HUD Act of 1968, as amended. The act intends to foster local and neighborhood economic development and increase individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 Division certifies businesses and individuals as Section 3 Business Enterprises or Section 3 Workers.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is responsible for administering more than $9 million in Section 3 covered by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. In 2006, Kansas City was the subject of a Section 3 Compliance Review, which resulted in a number of findings of noncompliance. Accordingly, Kansas City made Section 3 compliance a priority by creating the Section 3 Division within the Human Relations Department.
This division works closely with the City’s Contract Compliance Division, Office of Community Development and potential Section 3 residents/contractors. As a result, the City has developed aggressive and innovative strategies for complying with the requirements of Section 3 and has exceeded the numerical goals for contracting and employment opportunities found at 24 CFR § 135.30.
For those businesses seeking Small Business Assistance, please contact Rick Usher, assistant city manager, City of Kansas City, MO at 816-513-6559 or Chester Thompson, president, Black Economic Union (BEU) at 816-471-5399.