The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
If you live in government-assisted housing or if your household income falls below HUD's income limits, you may qualify as a Section 3 resident or Section 3 business concern. Learn more about Section 3
What is Section 3?
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain Housing and Urban Development financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
Section 3 Promotes Self-Sufficiency
Section 3 is a starting point to obtain job training, employment and contracting opportunities. From this integral foundation coupled with other resources comes the opportunity for economic advancement and self-sufficiency.
- Federal, state and local programs
- Advocacy groups
- Community and faith-based organizations
Section 3 Promotes Homeownership
- It is a starting point to homeownership because once a Section 3 resident has obtained employment or contracting opportunities they have begun the first step to self-sufficiency.
Section 3 Residents
- Public housing residents, or
- Persons who live in the area where a Housing and Urban Development assisted project is located and who have a household income that falls below Housing and Urban Development's income limits.
Determination of Income Levels
- Low income is defined as 80% or below the median income of that area.
- Very low income is defined as 50% or below the median income of that area.
Section 3 Business Concern
A business that:
- Is 51% or more owned by Section 3 residents;
- Employs Section 3 residents for at least 30% of its full-time, permanent staff; or
- Provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract to Section 3 business concerns, 25% or more of the dollar amount of the awarded contract.
- Section 3 applies to Housing and Urban Development funded Public and Indian Housing assistance for development, operating and modernization expenditures.
- Section 3 also applies to certain Housing and Urban Development funded Housing and Community Development projects that complete housing rehabilitation, housing construction and other public construction.
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Types of Economic Opportunities Available Under Section 3
- Job training
Any employment resulting from these expenditures, including administration, management, clerical support and construction, is subject to compliance with Section 3. Examples of employment opportunities include:
- Appliance repair
- Carpet Installation
- Cement / Masonry
- Computer / Information
- Elevator Construction
- Iron Works
- Machine Operation
- Printing Purchasing
- Tile Setting
- Word Processing
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What is a Section 3 business concern?
A business that:
• Is 51 percent or more owned by Section 3 residents;
• Employs Section 3 residents for at least 30 percent of its full-time, permanent staff; or
• Provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract to Section 3 business concerns, 25 percent or more of the total dollar amount of the awarded contract.
How can businesses find Section 3 residents to work for them?
Businesses can recruit Section 3 residents in public housing developments and in the neighborhoods where the HUD assistance is being spent. Effective ways of informing residents about available training and job opportunities include, but are not limited to:
• Contacting resident organizations, local community development and employment agencies
• Distributing flyers
• Posting signs
• Placing ads in local newspapers
• Contacting Housing, Human and Veteran Services
How can a business register as a Section 3 business concern with Collier County?
Businesses may complete a Certification Form. Once the form is completed and all applicable documentation is attached, send the application to:
Someone will evaluate the application and certify the business/individuals. Click Here to view the most current Section 3 list [February 2018].
You can file a written complaint with your local HUD Field Office at the address below:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Miami FHEO Center
Brickell Plaza Federal Building
909 SE First Avenue, Room 500
Miami, FL 33131-3042
Phone: (305) 520-5026
Fax: (305) 536-5765
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