What You Need To Know About Section 3

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u)(as amended), requires that economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance for housing (including Public and Indian Housing) and community development programs shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be given to low and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities for these persons.

Other HUD programs covered by Section 3 (to distinguish between HUD Public and Indian housing programs) are those that provide housing or community development assistance for housing rehabilitation, housing construction, or other public construction project.

Who Are Section 3 Residents?

Public housing residents including persons with disabilities.

Low and very low income persons who live in the area where a HUD assisted project is located.

What is a Section 3 Business?

A business that can provide evidence that they meet one of the following:

What types of Economic Opportunities are available under Section 3?

Who will provide the Economic Opportunities?

Recipients of HUD financial assistance and their contractors and subcontractors are expected to develop a Section 3 Plan to assure that economic opportunities to the greatest extent feasible, are provided to low and very low-income persons and to qualified Section 3 businesses. One element of that Plan is the use of a Section 3 clause which indicates that all work performed under the contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3.

Who receives Economic Opportunities under Section 3?

For training and employment:

For contracting:

How can individuals and businesses find out more about Section 3?

For contracting opportunities contact:
Representative: Donald Rhodes
Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority
PO Box 797
Newport News, VA 23607-0797
phone: 757 928 2623

For training and employment opportunities contact:
Representative: LaSandra Wingate
Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority
P. O. Box 797
Newport News, VA 23607-0797
Phone: 757-928-2628