Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, ("Section 3") requires that economic opportunities generated by certain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financial assistance for housing and community development programs be directed to low and very low-income persons. The priority of assistance should be to those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low and very low-income persons.
The Section 3 program was created to ensure that persons living in communities where HUD -assisted programs were being funded could economically benefit from the resources being spent. This would improve the overall socioeconomic condition of not only the community, but also the low and very low-income residents that reside within the neighborhoods.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) has developed a Section 3 Plan to ensure that low and very low-income residents and businesses receive economic opportunities through training, employment and contracting from HUD-assisted projects.
HCR’s Section 3 Program exists to establish and support communities and programs that are designed to transform neighborhoods and communities across New York State and empower their low and very low-income neighbors from aid dependency to economic self-sufficiency.
HCR will ensure that recipients of federal funds for HUD-assisted contracts to the greatest extent feasible provide employment, training, and contracting opportunities to Section 3 residents and Section 3 Business Concerns. Examples of these contracts include: housing construction and rehabilitation (including reduction of lead-based paint hazards), demolition, or other public construction involving street repairs, sewage or water line installation or repair, and updates to building facades.