Section 3/MWSBE Certification

Section 3 Training

Section 3 Workers and Business Concerns

Low-income residents and qualified businesses who can become certified to receive employment and training opportunities.

MWSBE

Minority- and Woman-Owned Small Business Enterprises

Businesses owned by members of disadvantaged groups who can become certified to receive additional contracting opportunities.

Networking

Engage to Excel Opportunities

Networking, training, and community building events held by the Housing & Community Development Department.


Section 3

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, small business growth, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 Program requires that projects funded by HUD provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities to low- and very-low-income residents and local businesses.

Information for Workers

Who can Apply?

A Section 3 Worker is any individual who currently fits, or when hired within the past five (5) years fits, at least one of the following categories:

  • The worker’s income for the previous or current calendar year is below HUD income limits ; or
  • The worker is employed by a Section 3 Business Concern; or
  • The worker is a YouthBuild participant.

For more details, please refer to the Section 3 Worker Application Checklist and FAQs. For questions, call 832-394-6200 or email HCDSection3@houstontx.gov


Section 3 Program Resources
Document Name View
Worker Application
Worker Directory View
Champion Scorecard
Compliance Forms Packet View
Section 3 Worker Application Checklist and FAQs
Section 3 Brochure
Section 3 Workers Map

New Section 3 Workers Dashboard

The Section 3 Worker Dashboard is a dynamic graphically representation of the City of Houston’s Section 3 Worker Directory. It’s main purpose is to highlight the unique composition of the Section 3 Worker directory and provide Developers, Prime Contractors, and vendors with quick access to identify Section Workers in proximity to City of Houston funded projects.

View the dashboard

Information for Businesses

Businesses can apply for Section 3 certification if they:

  • Are owned by 51% or more of Section 3 residents, OR
  • Employ Section 3 residents for at least 30% of full-time, permanent staff positions, OR
  • Provide evidence of a commitment to subcontracting existing Section 3 businesses

If you are interested in receiving Section 3 Certification for your business, get started in the Section 3 Management System . In addition to the main application, you will need to provide documentation about your business. You can find a full list of required documents on the Business Concerns Application Checklist (Español ).

Please submit your application and supporting documents through the Section 3 Management System. If you have questions, contact us at HCDSection3@houstontx.gov or by calling our office at 832-394-6200.

Section 3 Business Map

Section 3 Businesses Near You

View the Map

Minority- and Woman-owned Small Business Enterprises (MWSBE)

The City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity oversees the certification process for Minority- and Woman-Owned Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs). Federal- and local-level requirements for contracting require hiring of MWSBEs as well.

Certification as a MWSBE must be completed through the Office of Business Opportunity. However, the Housing and Community Development Department does have its own requirements for sub-contracting MWSBEs.

For questions, call our office at 832-394-6200 or email hcd-mwsbe@houstontx.gov.

Those requirements have been combined with Section 3 guidelines in our Compliance Packets .

View the MWSBE Technical Assistance Training Presentation .

Engage to Excel!

HCDD recognizes that promoting residents and small businesses to make connections helps open employment, training, and contract opportunities. Our team brings vendors and contractors together each month for a variety of events, both out in the community and at our central office at 2100 Travis. Check out our Events Calendar to learn about which events are coming up.


Key Links and Additional Resources


Section 3 Brochure
Section 3 Brochure
Document Title Language View
Section 3 Brochure English View
Section 3 Brochure Español View
MWSBE Trifold English View
MWSBE Trifold Español View
Community Involvement Trifold English View
Community Involvement Trifold Español View
Pre-Award Services Trifold English View
Pre-Award Services Trifold Español View
Pay or Play Program Trifold English View
Portfolio Compliance Trifold English View
Additional Resources
Section 3 Technical Assistance Training Presentation
Section 3 Technical Assistance
Document Title Language View
Section 3 Technical Assistance Training Video English View
Portfolio Compliance Technical Assistance Training Video English View
MWSBE Technical Assistance Training Video English View
POP Technical Assist Training Video English View
Contract Compliance Technical Assistance Training Video English View
Section 3 Technical Assistance Training Presentation English View
Pay or Play Technical Assistance Training Presentation English View
MWSBE Technical Assistance Training Presentation English View
Pre Award Services Technical Assistance Training Presentation English View
Portfolio Compliance Technical Assistance Training Presentation English View
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