WHEREAS, the City of Philadelphia, through the Office of Housing and Community Development ("OHCD" ) and the Department of Commerce ("DOC" ) or their designees, annually expends millions of dollars on housing and community development projects that include construction and construction-related activities, and which leverage additional public and private sector funds; and
WHEREAS, funding for these housing and community development projects can provide additional benefits to residents of the neighborhoods in which the projects are located if area businesses are used to carry out the projects, and if area residents are employed in the construction and other activities of the projects; and
WHEREAS, Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. § 1701u, as amended by Section 915 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, P.L. 102550, ("Section 3"), requires that economic opportunities generated by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD ) financial assistance in housing and community development projects will, to the greatest extent feasible, be given to low and very-low income persons residing in the area in which the project is located, and to area businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very-low-income persons; and
WHEREAS, specific housing and community development activities covered by Section 3 include construction, reconstruction, conversion, or rehabilitation of housing and other buildings or improvements, as well as related activities such as planning, architectural services, consultation, maintenance, repair, and accounting; and
WHEREAS, the City renews its commitment to implement the Section 3 regulations to the greatest extent feasible in its housing and economic development activities carried out by OHCD or DOC and financed in any part by HUD funds through the adoption of this Neighborhood Benefit Strategy; and
WHEREAS, this Neighborhood Benefit Strategy is necessary to relieve high unemployment and grave economic conditions in OHCD and DOC project areas;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, by the powers vested in me by Sections 1-102 and 4-100 of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, do hereby order as follows:
A. That to the greatest extent feasible, opportunities for training and employment arising in connection with the planning, construction, rehabilitation, and operation of housing assisted under such projects shall be given to persons of low and very low income residing in the areas of such projects; and
B. That to the greatest extent feasible, contracts for work to be performed pursuant to such projects shall be awarded to business concerns, including but not limited to individuals or firms doing business in the fields of design, architecture, building construction, rehabilitation, maintenance, or repair, located in, or owned in substantial part by persons of low or very low income residing in the areas of such projects; and
Furthermore, sponsors, developers, or builders working on OHCD and DOC funded projects, shall, to the greatest extent feasible, meet the following OHCD and DOC hiring goals for new hires and area businesses in such project areas:
1. OHCD and DOC will encourage sponsors, developers, or builders receiving OHCD or DOC funds for housing and community development projects to establish a goal of employing low and verylowincome neighborhood and area residents as fifty percent (50%) or more of the aggregate number of new hires associated with these projects.The hiring goals are what project sponsors, developers, or builders should strive to reach. These goals should not be construed as requirements, quotas, setasides, or a cap on hiring or contracting with low- and very-low-income individuals and businesses. In other words, project sponsors, developers, or builders are not to set aside or reserve fifty percent (50%) of available jobs for low-income individuals or businesses. The goals, if met, constitute a safe harbor for project sponsors, developers, and builders on the issue of compliance with this order. Provided, however, that a failure to achieve these goals may affect whether project sponsors, developers, or builders are considered "responsible" under section 8-200(1) of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter in future OHCD and DOC project bids. Furthermore, pursuant to Section 3, a failure to comply with Section 3 hiring and contracting goals may result in a noncompliance complaint filed against the noncomplying party with the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
2. OHCD and DOC will also encourage such sponsors, developers, or builders to establish a goal of awarding fifty percent (50%) or more of the aggregate value of all construction contracts and service contracts associated with these projects to neighborhood and area businesses.
B. The Neighborhood Benefit Strategy shall include the following elements:
1. A projection of the specific goals for the employment of low income neighborhood and area residents, a list of the approximate number of contracts or subcontracts to be let to low-income or area businesses and their dollar value, and a list of materials and supplies anticipated to be purchased from lowincome or area businesses; and
2. A description of efforts that the developer has made to identify and contract with low-income neighborhood and project area businesses either as prime contractors or subcontractors on the project; and
3. Where low-income neighborhood or project area businesses are available for a specific construction project but will not be used, an explanation of the reason or reasons why these businesses are not being employed.
Area or low-income business shall mean:
1. any business that is 51-percent or more owned by low-income project area residents; orLow income person shall mean families (including single persons) whose incomes do not exceed 80 per centum of the median income for the area, as determined by OHCD, with adjustments for smaller and larger families, except that OHCD may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 80 per centum of the median for the area on the basis OHCD's findings that such variations are necessary because of prevailing levels of construction costs or unusually high or low-income families.
2. any business whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least 30 percent of whom are currently project area residents, or within three years of the date of first employment with the business were project area residents; or
3. any business that provides evidence of commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to businesses that meet the qualifications set forth in paragraphs 1 or 2 in this definition of "low-income or area business."
Very-low-income person shall mean families (including single persons) whose incomes do not exceed 50 per centum of the median income for the area, as determined by OHCD, with adjustments for smaller and larger families, except that OHCD may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 80 per centum of the median for the area on the basis of OHCD's findings that such variations are necessary because of prevailing levels of construction costs or unusually high or low-income families.
New hires shall mean full-time employees for permanent, temporary, or seasonal employment opportunities.
Neighborhood or Project area shall mean the OHCD or DOC funded project area in which the project is located, as defined by OHCD.
Sponsor, developer, or builder shall mean any entity which contracts to perform work generated by the expenditure of OHCD or DOC funds for housing and community development projects.
Date: 31 January 1995
Signed: Edward G. Rendell, Mayor
Comments to the Department of Records.