Short-term contracts have been offered to companies to carry out repairs and a maintenance programme for homes owned by Norwich City Council.
The contracts cover work once done by Connaught which went out of business.
The council said that 70% of new staff offered jobs by the new contractors must be workers employed by the previous company.
Contracts will last for nine months or for a programme of works. They should be running by the end of November.
Alan Waters, cabinet member for resources, performance and shared services, said: "It's great to see that local companies are among those sharing the work within the council's housing contract.
"At a difficult time this is good for the local economy.
"We have an agreement with all the contractors, if they take on new employees, that a minimum of 70% of ex-Connaught staff will be offered work."