Section 3 Opportunities

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?

A business:

  • 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:

  • Job training
  • Employment
  • Contracts 

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

Contact the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Human Resources Department at:





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