Section 3

Opportunities for Business

HACM utilizes Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to ensure the provision of employment, training, contracting, and other economic opportunities to its residents and other low-income persons.

Access the Section 3 Business Registry

About Section 3 Business Concerns

Qualified businesses that meet Section 3 Business Concern requirements receive preference for contracts on HUD-funded projects. Section 3 Business Concerns are businesses that meet one of the following:

  • 51 percent or more owned by Section 3 residents*; or
  • At least 30 percent of full-time employees are currently Section 3 residents, or were Section 3 residents within three years of the date of first hire; or
  • Provides evidence, as required, of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar award of all subcontracts to business concerns that meet one of the first two qualifications above.

*Who qualifies as Section 3?

A Section 3 resident is:

  1. A public housing resident or Housing Choice Voucher holder; or
  2. An individual who resides in the metropolitan area in which the Section 3 covered assistance is expended, and is a low-income person or a very low-income person. The metropolitan area for HACM as determined by HUD is the "Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area," which includes residents of the four-county area of Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Ozaukee County and Washington County in Wisconsin. A person or family qualifies as low-income if their income does not exceed 80% of the median income for the area as determined by HUD:
(80% of Milwaukee County Median Income)
Maximum Household Income Allowed Per Year*
1 person 2 person 3 person 4 person 5 person 6 person 7 person 8 person
 $46,100  $52,700  $59,300 $65,850   $71,150  $76,400  $81,700  $86,950

Register to be notified of Section 3 Contracting Opportunities

HACM utilizes the City of Milwaukee's SBE & SECTION 3 REGISTRY to notify contractors of Section 3 contracting opportunities. Please visit the registry to learn more and to register.

HACM also manages a Section 3 Resident Registry that allows any public housing resident, rent assistance participant, or other low-income individual in the metro-Milwaukee area to self-certify as Section 3 and provide information about their qualifications and skills. HACM and contractors will use the registry to contact Section 3 residents when there are new work positions available. The Section 3 Resident Registry can be accessed at