Section 3

Section 3 FAQ’s
What is Section 3?
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.

How does Section 3 promote self- sufficiency?
Section 3 is a starting point to obtain job training, employment and contracting opportunities. From this integral foundation coupled with other resources comes the opportunity for economic advancement and self-sufficiency.

How does Section 3 promote homeownership?
Section 3 is a starting point to homeownership. Once a Section 3 resident has obtained employment or contracting opportunities they have begun the first step to self-sufficiency.

Who are Section 3 residents?
Section 3 residents are:
• Public housing residents or
• Persons who live in the area where a HUD-assisted project is located and who have a household income that falls below HUD’s income limits.

How are income levels determined?
• Low income is defined as 80% or below the median income of that area.
• Very low income is defined as 50% or below the median income of that area.

Mississippi Regional Housing Authority Section 3 Plan