Section 3

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 requires that economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance for housing and community development programs shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be given to low and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities for these persons.

What is Section 3?

  • Brochure (English)
    Section 3: Economic Opportunity 
    A Piece of the American Dream
  • Brochure (Spanish) 
    Sección 3: Oportunidad 
    Económica Un trozo del ideal americano

National Section 3 Business Registry

HUD Secretary Julián Castro annouced the launch of a National Section 3 Business Registry. The registry is a searchable online database that public housing authorities, state and local municipalities, and contractors can use to find firms that are self-certified for preference under Section 3. Approximately 1,000 businesses have registered to date.
View the press release for further details and information on how to register.

Register as a Section 3 Business

  • Business Registration Form
    This registration form will take you to HUD's Section 3 website. Please help the City of Boise (and Idaho) by completing the registration form. Previously registered contractors with the City of Boise will need to update their informaiton with HUD.