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New Section 3 Certification Forms

HUD has stated they are working on and plan to release new sample Section 3 documents including a worker self-certification form. So I strongly recommend you all wait to see what they provide instead of developing your own forms. There are parts of the rule I find a bit tricky as you will read below, so please follow my lead and wait and use their forms so your agency/company doesn’t run afoul with HUD’s expectations.

J. Keith Swiney

J. Keith Swiney


Mr. Swiney initially launched his career in real estate in 1986 and has since gone on to diversify his real estate knowledge by strategically securing positions with industry leaders that kept him at the forefront of management and operations concepts. Mr. Swiney has managed properties utilizing a diverse representation of financing avenues for purchase, construction or rehabilitation that include: Community Block Grants, Conventional, Farmers Home and Federal (HUD) Loans, Section 8 Certificates and Vouchers, Section 202 (elderly housing), Section 235, Section 42 (tax credits) and Tax Exempt Bonds.

Today, Mr. Swiney is considered the nation’s leading authority on HUD Section 3 Compliance. Since 1997, he has trained 84% of the nations public housing and housing and community development associations, conducted hundreds of client specific technical assistance and regulatory trainings, over 100 resident employment soft, and hard skills trainings, and created and/or supported about 22 resident owned businesses nationally. Federally, Mr. Swiney has conducted Section 3 Regulatory Training at the Black Expo in Indianapolis, IN for HUD and for the Department of Interior (National Parks Service at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. Mr. Swiney set the industry standard for Section 3 policy/procedures/forms and implementation for all recipients, contractors and developers. He created the nation’s only Section 3 Compliance software database capable of managing national compliance for every HUD recipient, sub-recipient, contractor, and sub-contractor including all employment, hours works, gross pay, M/W/VBE percentages, and much more.

His experience includes the acquisition, lease-up, operations, repositioning and disposition of multiple classes of real estate from A++ conventional to public housing. He has structured and managed several properties from site selection through construction and full occupancy. Mr. Swiney’s diverse experience includes the management of 260,000 square feet of office, retail, industrial and warehouse space. He has overseen portfolios as large as 40 properties in five states and hundreds of employees. His construction experience includes identifying, contracting and supervising more than $14 million of renovation/rehabilitation projects and $40 million in new construction. In addition, he has created and operated three management and one full service corporate accommodation companies, including Millennium Management, Snyder Multi-family Management, Snyder Corporate Accommodations, Camden Housing Group, LLC and Motivation, Inc. He currently owns and operates two successful firms today from his Atlanta office.

Mr. Swiney understands the many needs of his owner clients, having worked with a variety of non-profit and for-profit owner entities from individual investors, community development corporations (CDCs), private corporations, REIT’s and partnerships to institutional owners such as insurance companies, pension funds and banks.

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