Housing authority hosting small biz contracting workshops

Three workshops in Fresno, Orange Cove and Mendota next week will educate small businesses about contract opportunities in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Construction Project.

Launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development earlier this year, the program provides funding that local housing authorities can use to preserve and renovate more than 13,000 units of affordable housing.

One of those is the Fresno Housing Authority, which is seeking small business contractors to chip in with everything from carpentry, walls, flooring, electrical components, welding and general labor.

Next week, interested businesses will have the chance to learn about the first step in the process involving small business certification and financing options that will help them win bids for the RAD projects.

Those workshops will take place on the following dates:

• July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Orange Cove Community Center, 1705 Anchor Ave. in Orange Cove.

• July 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave. in Fresno.

• July 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mendota Branch Library, 1246 Belmont Ave., in Mendota.

The workshops are being organized in part by the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County.

Those interested in attending should make reservations to Veronica Salas at (559) 476-2503 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In December, HUD awarded its first round of RAD funding to 70 housing authorities for 112 affordable housing projects.

The Fresno Housing Authority was selected to preserve some 440 low-income residential units in Fresno, Mendota and Parlier.