Phone # 574-295-8392
Elkhart Housing Authority
1396 Benham Ave. Elkhart Indiana 46516
What is Section 3?
It is a means by which HUD fosters local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. Section 3 is the legal basis for providing jobs for residents and awarding contracts to businesses in areas receiving certain types of HUD financial assistance.
Under Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, wherever HUD financial assistance is expended for housing or community development, to the greatest extent feasible, economic opportunities will be given to Section 3 residents and businesses in that area.
Section 3 Policy
Congress established the Section 3 policy to guarantee that the employment and other economic opportunities created by Federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs should, if possible, be directed toward low- and very-low income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing.
Who are Section 3 residents?
Section 3 residents are:
Public housing residents
Low and very-low income persons who live in the metropolitan area or non-metropolitan county where a HUD-assisted project for housing or community development is located.
Determining 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.
Median incomes can be found using the American Fact Finder.
What is a Section 3 business & what types of economic opportunities are available under Section 3?
That is at least 51 percent or more owned by Section 3 residents,
Whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least 30 percent of whom are currently Section 3 residents, or within three years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents, or
That provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to a Section 3 business concern.
Types of Opportunities:
Who receives priority under Section 3?
For training and employment:
Persons in public and assisted housing
Persons in the area where the HUD financial assistance is expended
Participants in HUD Youthbuild programs
Businesses that meet the definition of a Section 3 business concern
HUD SECTION 3 Program