What is Section 3?
It is a means by which HUD fosters local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement and individual self-sufficiency.
SECTION 3 POLICY
Under Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, this policy, passed by Congress, is to ensure that the employment and other economic opportunities generated by Federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed toward low and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing.
Section 3 is the legal bases for providing jobs for residents and awarding contracts to businesses in areas receiving certain types of HUD financial assistance.
Who are Section 3 residents?
Residents of public housing and low income persons who live in the area in which a HUD-assisted project is located.
What is a Section 3 Business?
A business that:
Is owned by Section 3 residents; or
Employs Section 3 residents in full-time positions; or
Subcontracts with businesses, which provide economic opportunities to low income persons.