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Section 3 Program
What is Section 3?
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968, federal regulation §24 CFR 135. The City of Detroit is committed to their Section 3 Program to foster local economic development, neighborhood economic development, and individual self-sufficiency. Section 3 Program requires recipients of certain HUD covered projects and activities, to the greatest extent feasible, to provide employment and job training for Section 3 residents and contracting opportunities to Section 3 businesses in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
What is a Section 3 Resident?
A Section 3 Resident is: (1) a public housing resident or (2) meets the requirement of household income for low- or very low-income person;
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What is a Section 3 Business Concern?
A Section 3 Business Concern meets one of the following criteria:
- Fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the business is owned by Section 3 residents; OR
- Thirty percent (30%) or more current permanent full-time employees are Section 3 residents or within 3 years of the date of 1st employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents; OR
- Business can provide a firm commitment to subcontract in excess of twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total dollar amount of contracts to Section 3 business concerns.
Section 3 Compliance
The first step in compliance is submitting a Section 3 Plan. A Section 3 Plan is submitted when a company is bidding on or has been pre-approved for a HUD funded covered project. When awarded HUD funds for a covered Section 3 project, the Section 3 Plan is used as a baseline for meeting the minimum goal requirements as stated under Section 3 Goals. Compliance documents:
- Section 3 Plan
- Workforce Form
- Verification of Income Form
- Section 3 Summary Form
Section 3 Goals
The goals for each developer, contractor and subcontractor on a covered Section 3 project must acknowledge and actively seek to achieve the following Section 3 goals:
- At least thirty percent (30%) of all new hires needed to complete the project shall be Section 3 Residents; and
- At least ten percent (10%) of the total dollar amount of all covered construction contracts shall be awarded to Section 3 Business Concerns; and
- At least three percent (3%) of the total dollar amount of all covered non-construction (including routine maintenance, HVAC servicing, re-painting, lawn care, and professional services – architectural, engineering, legal services, accounting, marketing, etc.) contracts shall be awarded to Section 3 Business Concerns.
Section 3 Business Concern Certification
Any business seeking to be placed on the City of Detroit certified Section 3 Business list must complete the Section 3 application for certification.