Compliance & EEO
DHCD is committed to ensuring that the organizations it works with meet all federal, state and local compliance and equal opportunity requirements.
These requirements include Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Section 3 ensures that employment, training, contracting and other opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low-income persons and businesses for projects in their neighborhoods.
Federal Executive Order 11246 prohibits discrimination based on a number of criteria.
At the state level, Governor’s Executive Order-2004-6 seeks to increase the use of disadvantaged businesses in competitive contracting situations.
In Philadelphia, Section 8-200(2) of the Home Rule Charter requires that City contracts prohibit discrimination based on certain criteria. In addition, Executive Order 03-12 seeks to create an even playing field that will increase the number of prime contracts and subcontracts going to minority-, women- and disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DSBE).
M/W/DSBE businesses can increase their opportunities to do business under DHCD and City contracts by becoming certified and joining the registry with the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Majority contractors seeking to find M/W/DSBE subcontractors can also use the OEO registry.
Chapter 17-2000 of the Philadelphia Code requires that the City enter into an agreement with recipients of certain City funding, including Community Development Block Grant funds. That agreement will require the recipients to use a registry available through the City as a first source for hiring for entry-level jobs created by the funding.
DHCD’s Compliance Office is happy to work with organizations that have contracts with DHCD, and certain contracts with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority or the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. Just email or call 215-683-3001 for assistance.