BROWNSVILLE - Community leaders, construction groups and New York City Housing Authority building residents marched in Brownsville Sunday to call for a pilot program designed to increase the participation of NYCHA residents in a jobs program.

The program was created by Section 3, a federal regulation in the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 which encourages housing authorities to connect public housing residents and low-income people to employment opportunities through housing authority contractors.

The men and women supporting the pilot program say they have the skills needed by contractors to do the construction jobs with NYCHA. They say the answer to stopping gangs and gun violence in many Brooklyn communities is the creation of more jobs.

The group says it has a meeting scheduled with the chairman of NYCHA to present the pilot program.