§ 50955 - Equal Opportunity Without Discrimination; Affirmative Action; Contracts; Minorities; Familial Status
- (a)The agency and every housing sponsor shall require that occupancy of housing developments assisted under this part shall be open to all regardless of any basis listed in subdivision (a) or (d) of Section 12955 of the Government Code, as those bases are defined in Sections 12926, 12926.1, subdivision (m) and paragraph (1) of subdivision (p) of Section 12955, and Section 12955.2 of the Government Code, that contractors and subcontractors engaged in the construction of housing developments shall provide an equal opportunity for employment, without discrimination as to any basis listed in subdivision (a) of Section 12940 of the Government Code, as those bases are defined in Sections 12926 and 12926.1 of the Government Code, and except as otherwise provided in Section 12940 of the Government Code, and that contractors and subcontractors shall submit and receive approval of an affirmative action program prior to the commencement of construction or rehabilitation. Affirmative action requirements respecting apprenticeship shall be consistent with Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 3070) of Division 3 of the Labor Code. All contracts for the management, construction, or rehabilitation of housing developments, and contracts let by housing sponsors, contractors, and subcontractors in the performance of management, construction, or rehabilitation, shall be let without discrimination as to any basis listed in subdivision (a) of Section 12940 of the Government Code, as those bases are defined in Sections 12926 and 12926.1 of the Government Code, except as otherwise provided in Section 12940 of the Government Code, and pursuant to an affirmative action program, which shall be at not less than the Federal Housing Administration affirmative action standards unless the board makes a specific finding that the particular requirement would be unworkable. The agency shall periodically review implementation of affirmative action programs required by this section. It shall be the policy of the agency and housing sponsors to encourage participation with respect to all projects by minority developers, builders, and entrepreneurs in all levels of construction, planning, financing, and management of housing developments. In areas of minority concentration the agency shall require significant participation of minorities in the sponsorship, construction, planning, financing, and management of housing developments. The agency shall (1) require that, to the greatest extent feasible, opportunities for training and employment arising in connection with the planning, construction, rehabilitation, and operation of housing developments financed pursuant to this part be given to persons of low income residing in the area of that housing, and (2) determine and implement means to secure the participation of small businesses in the performance of contracts for work on housing developments and to develop the capabilities of these small businesses to more efficiently and competently participate in the economic mainstream. In order to achieve this participation by small businesses, the agency may, among other things, waive retention requirements otherwise imposed on contractors or subcontractors by regulation of the agency and may authorize or make advance payments for work to be performed. The agency shall develop relevant selection criteria for the participation of small businesses to ensure that, to the greatest extent feasible, the participants possess the necessary nonfinancial capabilities. The agency may, with respect to these small businesses, waive bond requirements otherwise imposed upon contractors or subcontractors by regulation of the agency, but the agency shall in that case substantially reduce the risk through (1) a pooled-risk bonding program, (2) a bond program in cooperation with other federal or state agencies, or (3) development of a self-insured bonding program with adequate reserves. The agency shall adopt rules and regulations to implement this section. Prior to commitment of a mortgage loan, the agency shall require each housing sponsor, except with respect to mutual self-help housing, to submit an affirmative marketing program that meets standards set forth in regulations of the agency. The agency shall require each housing sponsor to conduct the affirmative marketing program so approved. Additionally, the agency shall supplement the efforts of individual housing sponsors by conducting affirmative marketing programs with respect to housing at the state level.
- (b)Notwithstanding subdivision (a), with respect to familial status, subdivision (a) shall not be construed to apply to housing for older persons, as defined in Section 12955.9 of the Government Code. With respect to familial status, nothing in subdivision (a) shall be construed to affect Sections 51.2, 51.3, 51.4, 51.10, 51.11, and 799.5 of the Civil Code, relating to housing for senior citizens. Subdivision (d) of Section 51, Section 4760, and Section 6714 of the Civil Code, and subdivisions (n), (o), and (p) of Section 12955 of the Government Code shall apply to subdivision (a).
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