Section 3
What is Section 3?

The purpose of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u) (Section 3) is to foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. As part of Section 3, MCHA seeks to link affordable housing residents, Housing Choice Voucher participants, and other low-income individuals to employment, training and contract opportunities in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. MCHA seeks to identify contracting and purchasing opportunities, and when there is a need for a new hire on these projects funded by HUD, MCHA and its contractors or subcontractors will make every effort to hire low-income residents to the greatest extent feasible.

Section 3 Residents

To qualify as a Section 3 resident and receive information on these employment and training opportunities, you must meet one of the following standards below.

Section 3 residents may receive preferences for new hiring opportunities and for training opportunities related to MCHA’s HUD-funded projects and programs.

  • Be a current MCHA resident, Housing Choice Voucher participant, or a participant of another federally-assisted program OR
  • Live in Mercer County AND certify that your household meets the Mercer County low-income or very low-income limits established annually by HUD.

For jobs related to construction projects, preference is given to residents of the property or neighborhood where the project is located.

To become a registered Section 3 resident:

  • Download and email in the Section 3 Registration Form.
  • Complete a separate form for each person who wants to be registered as a Section 3 resident.
  • Keep your email address up to date. Send changes to: Section 3 resident contacts will be made by email only.
  • Respond quickly to any employment or training opportunities that you receive.
Section 3

Resident Preference Claim Form

Section 3 Businesses

To qualify as a Section 3 Business, and therefore receive preference for an award of a Section 3 contract, your business must have:  qualified Section 3 residents who own 51% or more of the business; whose permanent full-time employees include at least 30% Section 3 residents; or provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25% of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to business concerns that meet the qualifications of Section 3 covered assistance.

To register your Section 3 business:

  • Register with the HUD Section 3 Business Registry by going to
  • Register with MCHA by downloading and emailing the Section 3 Registration Form.
  • Keep your business and contact information up to date. Send changes to:
  • Section 3 business contacts will be made by email only.

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