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Section 3

Section 3 is a provision of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement and individual self-sufficiency.

Section 3 is to ensure that economic opportunities generated by certain HUD funded projects shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal and State laws, be directed to low and very low income persons (Section 3 residents), and to the businesses (Section 3 businesses) that provided economic opportunities to these persons.

How to Qualify

  • Businesses that employ Section 3 residents full time (30% or more of permanent staff) are eligible to participate in the Section 3 Program.

  • A business that is owned (51% or more) by Section 3 residents can qualify to participate as a Section 3 Business.
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How to Apply

To apply for Section 3 Business participation:

Section 3 Business Application PDF

This application package also includes forms for

  • Employee List
  • Payroll Report
  • Resident Preference Claim
  • Resident Household Income Certification

Fill-out the appropriate fields, print out the form, sign and mail to the address on the form. You may also submit the Section 3 Business Application to the Section 3 Coordinator at or fax it to 786-469-4199. 

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Business Preference

Preference in the award of Section 3 covered contracts that are awarded under a sealed process may be provided as follows:

  • Bids shall be solicited from all business, Section 3 business concerns (MDPHCD's Section 3 Certified Business and non-Section 3 business concerns).
  • If no responsive bid received by a Section 3 business concern the contract shall be awarded to a responsible bidder with the lowest responsive bid.
  • If bids received include bidders that are a Section 3 business concern, the contract award shall be made to the qualified Section 3 business concern with the highest priority ranking(*) and with the lowest responsive bid, provided the bid is:
  • Within the maximum total contract price established for the specific project for which bids are taken and
  • Not more than "X" higher than the total bid price of the lowest responsive bid from any responsible bidder.
    (See Section 3 Fact Sheet PDF for details).
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Page Last Edited: Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:25:30 PM

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