Section 3 Program
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act that promotes local economic development, neighborhood economic improvements, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
The Anderson Housing Authority (AHA) is mandated by HUD to provide employment, training, and contracting opportunities to low income and very-low income persons, specifically those individuals who are recipients of government assistance for housing in the City of Anderson.
A SECTION 3 BUSINESS IS:
• A business that is at least 51% or more owned by Section 3 residents
• A business whose 30% of permanent, full-time employees are Section 3 residents, or were Section 3 within the past 3 years, or
• A business that will commit to subcontract 25% or more of all AHA contract dollar awards to Section 3 businesses.
A SECTION 3 RESIDENT IS:
• A public housing resident, or
• A low income person who lives in the area where a HUD assisted project for housing or community development is located. Low income is defined as income below 80% of the median household income of that area.
To determine if a person is a Section 3 resident you must consider the family’s annual household income and the number of persons in the household. The chart below will help you to identify a person as a Section 3 resident. Find the family size on the chart. If the family’s annual income is equal to or less than the income listed below that box, that person is a Section 3 resident.