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CHA Wins Diversity Agency Advocate of the Year Award

October 12, 2016

Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Housing Authority and its Section 3 program are honored to be recognized during Charlotte Minority Enterprise Development Week with the 2016 Agency Diversity Advocate of the Year Award for our efforts to promote inclusion and advancement of minority and women-owned businesses. 


Specifically, CHA was recognized for its concerted efforts to develop and implement an effective supplier diversity program.  Over the past seven years, CHA has done more than $217.5 million in contract spending.  Through our targeted efforts, $94.6 million of those dollars, or 43%, have gone to M/WBE firms.


In addition, CHA has developed and implemented an effective Section 3 program. Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency.  The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low-or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhood. 


CHA’s goal is that 15% of all contracted dollars be is set aside for Section 3 individuals or Section 3 business concerns (firms that hire low income individuals).  Over the past seven (7) years, $38.6 million, or 18%, of CHA contracting dollars, have gone to Section 3 business concerns, or been used to provide job training to low income individuals.


“CHA and Horizon Development Properties, Inc, take seriously the goal of helping minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as low income individuals, in participate in Charlotte’s thriving economy, Meachem said.  “It is as important to us as providing affordable housing.”


“We are intentional in our outreach to the business community.  We encourage joint venture with these entities, and we stress MWBE and Section 3 compliance on all projects by awarding points for these goals in all competitive procurements.” Meachem said.


CHA’s Section 3 Coordinator, Sharbara Ellis, has worked tirelessly with other Section 3 programs in the area, helping them implement some of CHA’s successful tactics.


“We are honored to accept this award, and we intend to continue to let others know that our business thrives on working with minority-, women-owned and Section 3 business concerns,” Meachem concluded.

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