HACLA’s Section 3 Residents Participate in a Training Class and Career Workshops


HD Supply Training Class

A group of 19 HACLA public housing residents participated in HD Supply’s second training class held at the Nickerson Gardens public housing community in an effort to bring economic opportunities to Section 3 Residents via HACLA’s Section 3 Program.

The “Make Ready Maintenance” training covered home inspections, move in and move out procedures, as well as taught them how to make minor repairs such as drywall patching, carpet damage fixes and lock changes.

The training sessions are led by HD Supply, a subsidiary of the Home Depot.  The company has a contract with HACLA to provide maintenance, repair and operating supplies for public housing sites. Everything from cleaning supplies to plumbing fixtures and water heaters.  

“I am learning things that I can apply in my everyday life as well” said Terrance Nash, 19. Terrance is a full time student at Santa Monica College and is eager to learn new skills to have an advantage in the job market.

Brian Goldojarb, HD Supply Trainer, linked the skills they are learning to actual jobs they can apply for in the maintenance and inspection fields. He also provided them tools to look at the bigger picture and think of career and business ownership opportunities in the future, and not be afraid to step into the next chapter of their lives. “I see the possibilities” said Goldojarb, stating that he could see “their eyes lighting up” when he was talking about careers and jobs in the field.

HD Supply’s training classes are structured to help residents qualify for inspection and maintenance job opportunities in both the public and the private business sector, including at HD Supply. The next training class is titled Plumbing, scheduled for September 4, 2015. Interested residents of HACLA’s public housing communities can contact [email protected] to enroll.


Gartner Inc. Career Workshop

In an effort to help realize and bring career opportunities to Section 3 Residents, Gartner Inc. conducted two (2) career workshops geared to youth ages 18-21 on August 24, 2015. The workshops were intended to provide resources, support and hands on assistance to Section 3 Residents in order to prepare them for careers. Topics included career research, use of social media in a changing world, securing interviews, interview preparation, resume building, thank you letters/follow-up, and an overview and guidance on careers in the IT industry. Kevin Harmon, Account Executive, conducted the two day workshops in group settings. He has since offered participants one on one resume review, interview planning and general career mentorship in an effort to help residents realize their career goals.

“The most important goal is to drive career opportunities forward,” says Harmon, who identified skills, interests and leadership qualities in participants and intends to continue helping residents build on these with the assistance of HACLA’s WorkSource Center staff and case managers.

The Housing Authority awarded a contract to Gartner Inc. to provide IT research and advisory services. The Gartner analysts who provide these services are highly trained specialists located in various locations throughout the country. No new local employment opportunities were created in connection with HACLA’s award of the contract to Gartner. However, Gartner made a good faith effort to meet its Section 3 obligations by providing other economic opportunities to our residents through these workshops which were developed in collaboration with HACLA’s Section 3 Compliance Administrator and WorkSource Center staff.

The Housing Authority requires its contractors to demonstrate good faith efforts and comply with the Section 3 provision of Housing and Urban Development’s Act of 1968, which requires that economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible be directed to low income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses which provide economic opportunities to low-income persons.

Section 3 Residents are encouraged to enroll in HACLA’s Section 3 Resident Registry to learn of training and job opportunities available to them via the Section 3 Program.

Businesses interested in providing job and other economic opportunities for Section 3 Residents are encouraged to contact the Section 3 Compliance Administrator at [email protected].

More information about the Section 3 program is available at www.hacla.org/section3.      

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