Section 3


Section 3 a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968; it provides job training, employment, and contracting opportunities on HUD-funded City projects and programs.

Section 3 is neither race- nor gender-based and is not an entitlement; it is income-based and intended to provide preference for jobs and contracts to 1) local, qualified residents of low income and 2) local, qualified businesses that employ these residents.


Additional information about Section 3, including steps residents and businesses may take to determine eligibility and to certify for Section 3 preference, can be found below.

Section 3 Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Section 3 Self-certification Form for Residents (Fillable PDF)
Section 3 Self-certification Form for Contractors/Subcontractors (Fillable PDF)

If your business has been awarded a contract/subcontract on a HUD-funded project of the City, you will also need to complete the following:

Section 3 Certification for Hired Contractors/Subcontractors & Demonstration of Capability Form (Fillable PDF)
Section 3 New Employee Information Form (Fillable PDF)

Businesses may optionally add themselves to HUD’s Section 3 Business Registry to make themselves discoverable by others with contracting opportunities for Section 3 businesses, Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (WBEs).

A link to HUD’s Section 3 Business Registry and a preview of the registration process can be found below.

HUD Section 3 Business Registry (Link)
HUD Section 3 Business Registry Self-certification Preview (PDF)

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