What is Section 3?
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u) to further the goal of ensuring that federal funds benefit the low and very-low income residents of projects funded wholly or in part by those funds, and helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvements, and help individuals to become self-sufficient. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities to low- or very-low income recipients in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
Section 3 Policy
Congress established the Section 3 policy to guarantee 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.
How does Section 3 Promote Self- Sufficiency?
Section 3 is a starting point to self- sufficiency by helping to obtain job training, employment and contracting opportunities. It’s the first step to a new career in employment opportunities. It’s not just a temporary or seasonal employment. It’s meant to provide permanent employment and to help residents become self-sufficient.
Who are Section 3 Workers?
• Low income residents of MDHA properties
• A Section 8 HCVP participant
• A worker who is employed by a Section 3 business
• Homeless Persons
• A low or very-low income persons who live in the metropolitan area or Non-metropolitan area where a HUD-assisted project for housing or community development is located. (See Income limit chart below)
MDHA is committed to help promote Self-Sufficiency and Homeownership.
MDHA has committed to be a starting point to help residents in the promotion of homeownership and self-sufficiency.
We are here to help in any way possible to help residents find employment and connect with contractors working within our developments to become empowered and self-sufficient.
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) has committed to the greatest extent feasible to assist residents with employment opportunities on Section 3 covered projects. MDHA will help Section 3 persons who meet the criteria, get connected to Section 3 businesses to help assist in becoming self-sufficient by helping find employment opportunities.
MDHA will work in partnership with contractors and sub-contractors to the greatest extent feasible to meet the HUD Section 3 qualitative requirements.
How businesses can find Section 3 residents to work for them?
Businesses can recruit Section 3 Workers in public housing developments and in the neighborhoods where the HUD assistance is being expended. Effective ways of informing residents and individuals of employment and job opportunities is to connect with:
• Stephanie Harris, MDHA’s Section 3 Work Readiness Coordinator
email@example.com or 615-500-6462
• Resident organizations or MDHA Social Worker for that area.
• Contact the Management office of the property where work is being conducted.
• Employment Agencies
• Distributing Flyers, Posting Signs, and MDHA’s Website.
• Placing ads in the local paper
• Social Media
Who receives priority under Section 3 for training and employment?
• Persons living in public housing and assisted housing
• Persons in the area where the HUD financial assistance is spent
• Homeless Persons
• Participants in the HUD YouthBuild Programs. (Not currently in Nashville)
What is a Section 3 business & what types of economic opportunities are available under Section 3?
To qualify as a Section 3 business, you must meet one of these qualifications:
• At least 51% or more owned by low or very-low income persons.
• Whose Over 75% of the labor hours performed for the business are performed by low or very-low income persons; or
• A business that at least 51% owned by current public housing residents
or are residents who currently live in Section 8 assisted housing.
You may register your Qualified Section 3 Business on the HUD Business registry or search for a Section 3 business at:
How do I determine if Section 3 is applicable to me?
Section 3 Opportunity Portal for use by Residents and Employers:
Please click on one of the links below to complete the application of your choice. If you need assistance or have any questions regarding Section 3 or to find out if you qualify for Section 3 please contact MDHA’s Work Readiness Coordinator Stephanie Harris at 615-252-8430 or 615-500-6462(cell) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
FY 2021 Income Limits
Davidson County is part of the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN MSA which contains the following areas: Cannon County, Cheatham County, Davidson County, Dickson County, Robertson County, Rutherford County, Sumner County, Trousdale County, Williamson County and Wilson County, all in Tennessee.
Nashville-Davidson –Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN