Section 3

Section 3 is a federally mandated program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Under Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, federal funds invested in housing and community development shall provide contracts, employment, training, and other economic opportunities to:

  • Section 3 Workers: low- and very low-income persons in the local jurisdiction, and
  • Section 3 Business Concerns:  businesses that employ such persons, mentioned above.

Section 3 requires that “to the greatest extent feasible,” businesses working on projects that receive certain financial assistance from HUD must make a good faith effort to train and hire Section 3 Workers, and contract with Section 3 Business Concerns.

The program is implemented and regulated by Part 75 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR 75).  For more information on Section 3, visit

The Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) complies with Section 3 within its own operations and ensures the compliance of its sub-recipients, developers, contractors, and subcontractors.

  • For  HAWC certified Section 3 Workers, employment opportunities may include professional, technical, construction, maintenance and administrative.
  • For HAWC certified Section 3 Business Concerns, contracting and/or subcontracting opportunities may include, but are not limited to construction, professional services, and general services.

Contract Compliance

Sub-recipients, developers, contractors and subcontractors on HAWC Section 3 covered contracts and projects must, to the greatest extent feasible, make a documented effort to award contracts to qualified Section 3 Business Concerns and hire qualified Section 3 Workers, when there is a need to award contracts and/or hire new employees.  Section 3 Workers are to be employed per the HUD Section 3 qualitative benchmarks.

Registry of Business Concerns

For assistance in identifying certified Section 3 Residents and Section 3 Business Concerns, contact Anna Kuzmina, Section 3 Coordinator, at 503-846-4805 or email     

Economic Opportunities for Section 3 Workers

Training and Employment for Section 3 Workers

HAWC’s Section 3 Unit assists Section 3 Workers, individuals who are low-income and reside in Washington County, in obtaining employment with HAWC, businesses performing on HUD Section 3 covered contracts or projects, and local employers. An eligible individual who certifies as a Section 3 Worker with HAWC is placed on a registry and is notified of employment and training opportunities.

Worker Certification Form

Family Self-Sufficiency webpage

Portland YouthBuilders Bridge Construction Training

Contracts for Section 3 Business Concerns

HAWC’s Section 3 Unit assists businesses that qualify as Section 3 Business Concerns in Washington County to obtain contracting opportunities on HUD Section 3 covered contracts and projects.  A Section 3 Business Concern is a business that is:

  • At least 51 percent owned by low-income individuals that reside in Washington County; or
  • At least 75 percent of the labor hours performed for the business over the prior three-month period were performed by low-income persons who reside in Washington County.

An eligible business that certifies as a Section 3 Business Concern with HAWC is placed on a registry and is notified of contracting opportunities, business development workshops and conferences; and is referred to businesses who are seeking Section 3 Business Concerns.


For questions, contact the HAWC Section 3 Unit at 503-846-4805 or email