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RISE: The Tenant Workforce Development Program

RISE CAREER WORKSHOP 2023 with racially ambiguous man in blue shirt and the rise logo.  

Dothan Housing Releases the RISE Tenant Workforce Development Program

An Answer to Section 3 Workforce Development


Dothan, Ala.--- Dothan Housing (DH) proudly introduces the RISE program, a Department of Resident Services initiative, to the Wiregrass Area! The Resume, Interviewing, Soft Skills, and Education (RISE) program is designed to assist the Public Housing Authority (PHA) in tenant workforce development. Classes are open to all tenants and clients of Dothan Housing and occur on-site at various DH properties.

The HUD-mandated Section 3 provision requirement reads, "recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons, especially recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons." Section 3 has been in place since 1968, but HUD initiated a final rule that went into effect on July 1, 2021. The new final rule focuses on the importance of longevity and career development for participating residents and businesses and the empowerment of workers.

DH understands the importance of bridging the gap between employers and tenants by providing needed skills training to those who desire it. Training in the RISE program's core areas of focus promotes employment confidence in applicants and boosts available opportunities.

"Skills like creating a resume or 'dressing for success' are sometimes overlooked and underdeveloped," says Samuel P. Crawford, President & CEO of DH. "The RISE program is entrusted to build the esteem of those seeking employment opportunities within our communities and return, introduce a proficient workforce to those employers under the Section 3 mandate."

Those interested in the RISE program can attend classes at 11:00 AM beginning February 1, 2023, in the Jamison Village Community Room, located at 705 N. Lena Street, Dothan, AL 36303. For more information on the RISE Program, do not hesitate to contact Community Relations Manager Leah Gunn via email at or call 334-589-3357.