Section 3 Certification Program Volunteer Brings Unique Perspective

The RHLS Section 3 Certification program is getting some help from a friend. Sandy Rosenberg, an attorney from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, is generously volunteering her time and energy to support the program.

Sandy has a unique perspective on the workings of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Section 3 program. Prior to becoming an attorney a few years ago, Sandy worked with Project HOME in Philadelphia, directing the construction of developments including Kate’s Place, a 144-unit supportive housing residence, and the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, 38,000 square foot community center dedicated to improving access to education and technology for residents of North Philadelphia.

For both of these projects, Sandy gained insight into Section 3 regulations from a contracting perspective, as she helped the organization maintain compliance. During this time, she worked closely with RHLS Executive Director, Mark Schwartz, and Chief Counsel, Mark Levin, as they provided legal services for both developments.

After attending Temple University’s Beasely School of Law, Sandy decided that she wanted to use her new degree to step back into the world of affordable housing development. She called Mark Levin and offered her assistance. With Sandy’s experience, Mark knew she would be a perfect addition the Section 3 Certification Program.

Thus far, Sandy has assisted with analysis of the new HUD proposed rules for Section 3 that were released in the spring, and has researched other effective Section 3 programs across the country to inform practice in Pennsylvania. She has also worked to revise forms for contractors and project managers, with the hope that more user-friendly forms will encourage contractors to utilize Section 3 certified businesses more readily.

Sandy’s interest in the Section 3 program largely stems from her belief that funding from HUD can benefit low-income business owners, or those who employ low-income individuals, in more ways than increased availability affordable housing. Businesses that benefit from Section 3 not only profit from the contracts they receive, but also have an opportunity to build their portfolio, helping to grow their businesses in the future.

She looks forward to growing her legal experience in real estate-related matters and is happy for the opportunity to work with RHLS.

“I’ve long admired the RHLS staff and the important work that they do to promote affordable housing and to enable community organizations to reach their goals.  I’m grateful for the chance to contribute.”

We thank Sandy for her work on the Section 3 Certification Program!