Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency | SECTION 3 EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTING
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The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) is committed to assist in employment opportunities on Section 3 covered project to persons who meet the criteria as a Section 3 resident and to businesses who meet the criteria to be certified as a Section 3 Business to the greatest extent feasible.

A Section 3 Resident seeking employment on Section 3 covered projects are to complete and submit the Employment Application to the MDHA Construction Department, located at 712 South Sixth Street, Nashville, TN 37206. Once MDHA receives the application and verifies the information, a copy will be provided to each Contractor who is currently performing under a Section 3 covered project and future Section 3 funded projects for the type of work requested. The individual applying for employment must understand that there is no guarantee for employment as the Contractor’s may have no need of hiring new employees. It is strictly a tool to provide to the contractor should he/she have a need to hire. Section 3 Residents may also contact the Construction Department for an appointment to identify potential job sites to personally seek employment and complete an application at the job site.

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. The term “Section 3 Resident” is defined by USHUD as an individual who is a resident of public housing; or (b) is a resident of another federally assisted housing program (Section 8, Section 202, etc.); or is a current recipient or participant in a public assistance program (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Job Training Partnership Act, etc.) or (c) whose family household meets the definition of a low- or very-low income family (see Davidson County low and very low income limits).


FY 2020 Income Limits

Nashville-Davidson –Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN MSA
1 person household 2 person household 3 person household 4 person household 5 person household 6 person household 7 person household 8 person household
Extremely Low (30%) $17,300 $19,800 $22,250 $24,700 $26,700 $28,700 $30,650 $32,650
Very Low Income (50%) $28,850 $32,950 $37,050 $41,150 $44,450 $47,750 $51,050 $54,350
60% Income Limit $34,620 $39,540 $44,460 $49,380 $53,340 $57,300 $61,260 $65,220
Low Income $46,100 $52,700 $59,300 $65,850 $71,150 $76,400 $81,700 $86,950

A Section 3 Business concern means a business concern:

(1) That is 51% or more owned by Section 3 Resident(s); or

(2) Whose permanent, full time employees include persons, at least 30|% of whom are currently Section 3 residents, or within the last three years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents; or

(3) That provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25% of the dollar value of all subcontracts to be awarded to business concerns that meet the qualifications set forth in paragraphs 1 or 2 above.

Persons who own and control 51% of the business and whose residence is located at a MDHA Property can be certified as a Resident Owned Section 3 Business. For more details concerning Resident Owned Section 3 Businesses and the benefits of this program, persons should contact Diane Baseheart at (615) 252-8434.

Businesses desiring to claim preference as a Section 3 Business Concern are required to submit to MDHA the attached Section 3 Business Application. Once the application has been reviewed, the business will be notified whether the business has been approved as a certified Section 3 Business. The certification is valid for one year from approval.