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Posted on: August 13, 2019

HUD Partners with Newport News & Norfolk to Help Local Businesses

Upcoming Contracting Opportunities for Your Business in Newport News & Norfolk at the HUD Section 3 Business Community Workshop


RICHMOND, Va. – On Wednesday, August 14, Joseph J. DeFelice, Region III Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will travel to Newport News, Va. to join U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-3), the Cities of Norfolk and Newport News, the Newport News and Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authorities, and local businesses partners to help area business owners Learn More About Upcoming Contracting Opportunities for Your Business in Newport News & Norfolk at the HUD Section 3 Business Community Workshop.

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 that maximizes the impact of HUD’s community investments by ensuring that training, work and contracting opportunities are extended to low-income workers and the businesses that employ them. Section 3 applies to about $18 billion dollars of HUD’s current budget and more importantly, to the $60 million dollars in Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants awarded to Newport News and Norfolk in May 2019.

This half-day session is designed to help local business owners and business partnership organizational leaders learn the basics of the Section 3 program, what constitutes a Section 3 business and how to gain access and a preference to HUD contracting and subcontracting opportunities. This event is for specifically for businesses—resident events will be held in each community in September. There will be local business owners who are currently benefitting from Section 3 available for interview at the event.

To RSVP for media purposes, please contact Lisa Wolfe by calling 302.494.5769 or email

HUD Section 3 Business Community Workshop

Joe DeFelice, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development, Region III 
U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott, District 3
Tina Vick, Vice Mayor, City of Newport News 
James Rogers, Deputy City Manager, City of Norfolk
Angelia Williams Graves, Councilperson, City of Norfolk and Co-Chair of the St. Paul’s Advisory Committee 
John Kownack, Executive Director, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Karen Wilds, Executive Director, Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23601

HUD is doing more to ensure that low-income individuals have an opportunity to move toward self-sufficiency and achieve economic upward mobility. These efforts include putting renewed energy behind Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968—the program that increases access to jobs for low- and very low-income individuals and contracting opportunities for the businesses that hire them. This program has become even more critical in recent years, and we've made it a top priority to help residents of HUD-subsidized housing become more self-sufficient.

In just the last year, expenditures of covered HUD funding generated more than 29,000 jobs, almost 12,000 of which were Section 3 hires. Also, of the more than $5 billion [dollars] in construction contracts that were awarded during that period, almost half a billion dollars in contracts were awarded to just over 2,500 Section 3 businesses.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson
2019 National Homeownership Month Launch Event


HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. The Department’s Mid-Atlantic region includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. The regional office is in Philadelphia. Follow Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice on Twitter.

More information about HUD and its programs is available at and Connect with HUD on social media  or sign up for news alerts via HUD's email list. Follow Secretary Carson on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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