HUD Section 3

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. Download HACM's Section 3 Plan for complete information about the program.

Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals

The Section 3 Program helps to link public housing residents, Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 Rent Assistance) participants, and other low-income individuals in the metropolitan Milwaukee area to employment and training opportunities on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). When there is a need for new hires on these projects, HACM and its contractors and subcontractors will make every effort within their disposal to hire Section 3 residents (low-income residents) to the greatest extent feasible

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:

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HACM Section 3 Resident Registry

HACM has established an online Section 3 Resident Registry to help identify individuals who qualify as Section 3 residents and to connect them to employment opportunities for which they have a preference. The Registry 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. Registered residents will be contacted when there are new work positions available.Join the Section 3 Resident Registry now!

Be Prepared For Your Next Interview!

This informational video offers helpful advice regarding the standard introductory criteria that employers hope you will meet when making a first impression in your job interview. HACM wishes you continued success in your employment search and at your next interview!

Opportunities for Business

HACM's Section 3 Program also provides contracting preferences for Section 3 Business Concerns, which are businesses that provide substantial employment to Section 3 residents.

What is a Section 3 Business Concern?

A Section 3 Business Concern is one:

  1. That is fifty-one percent (51%) or more owned by Section 3 residents; or
  2. Whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, a least 30 percent of whom are current Section 3 residents, or within three years of the date of first employment with the Section 3 business concern were Section 3 residents; or
  3. That provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract a minimum of 25 percent of the total contract award amount (including any modifications) to Section 3 business concerns that meet the requirements described in A or B.

Section 3 Business Registry

To join the Section 3 Business Registry, visit the City of Milwaukee's Office of Small Business Development website. HACM utilizes the online City of Milwaukee's SBE & Section 3 Online Certification Database to collect information about businesses that qualify as Section 3 Business Concerns. Registered businesses will be notified of contracting opportunities for which they have a preference under Section 3 rules.Join the Section 3 Business Registry now!

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, read the HACM Section 3 Plan and HUD's Frequently Asked Questions about Section 3.

How Much Do You Really Know About Section 3?

This informational video, with audio by Kristina Miller of the Seattle HUD Office of FHEO, may be beneficial to you as a resident or business owner seeking to learn more about Section 3. The video does not include all information pertaining to HACM Section 3 regulations and guidelines, but it does offer helpful information about Section 3, its relevancy in affording employment and contracting opportunities to low-income populations, and the standard criteria required to self-certify as a Section 3 Resident or Section 3 Business Concern.