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HUD Section 3


HUD Section 3 Economic Opportunities

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invests billions of federal dollars into communities across the country for housing and community development projects. Typical projects include:

  • Building and rehabilitating housing
  • Improving a variety of public infrastructures
  • Building public facilities, such as community centers

The Section 3 program requires recipients of HUD funding to direct employment, training, and contracting opportunities to low-income individuals and the businesses that employ these persons within their community. Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and is found at 12 U.S.C. 1701u. The implementing regulations are found at 24 CFR Part 75.

Per this statutory language, recipients of HUD funds (i.e., grantees and contractors) ensure that “to the greatest extent feasible,” when certain HUD funds are used to assist housing and community development projects, preference for construction-related training, jobs, and contracting opportunities go to low- and very-low income people and to businesses that are owned by low- and very-low income persons or businesses that hire them. These opportunities are both gender and race neutral.

The Butler County Section 3 Policies and Procedures Manual will assist HOME/CDBG sub-recipients, contractors, sub-contractors and Section 3 businesses who are required to implement Section 3 provisions as required by the Section 3 Final Rule and HUD Benchmarks Notice.

If you are a recipient of government assistance for housing or if your income falls below HUD's income limits, you may qualify as a Section 3 worker, targeted worker or Section 3 business concern. Learn more about Section 3.

Section 3 Worker Definition:

  • A low or very low-income worker (the worker’s income for the previous or annualized calendar year is below the income limit established by HUD); or
  • Employed by a Section 3 business concern; or
  • A YouthBuild participant.

Targeted Section 3 Worker Definition  

  • Employed by a Section 3 business concern or
  • A low or very low-income worker, who currently meets or when hired met at least one of the following categories as documented within the past five years:
    • Living within the service area or the neighborhood of the project, as defined in 24 CFR 75.5
    • A YouthBuild participant.

If you believe that you meet the definitions listed above, you may register as a Section 3 Worker on the HUD Section 3 Opportunity Portal.

The portal is intended to assist recipients of Section 3 covered funding and Section 3 business concerns meet their obligations for employment, hiring, and contracting under the final rule, and serve as a helpful tool in locating or connecting Section 3 business concerns and Section 3 workers within the community.


  • Section 3 workers may use the site to search for employment opportunities and post a resume to their profile for companies seeking Section 3 workers
  • Section 3 business concerns may use the site to self-certify as a Section 3 business concern, post or search job/contract opportunities, or search for low- and very low-income workers to fill positions and become Section 3 workers
  • Section 3 recipients may use the site to identify businesses that have self-certified to have met the definition of a Section 3 business concern, post or search job/contracting opportunities, or search for low- and very low-income workers to fill positions and become Section 3 workers for their jurisdiction’s Section 3 projects

Users can search for jobs, training positions, or contracts without creating a Portal sign-in.


NOTE: Users must complete a free registration and sign-in to post resumes, jobs, training opportunities, contracts, or search job applicants.