Section 3/MWSBE Certification
Section 3 Residents and Business Concerns
Low-income residents and qualified businesses who can become certified to receive employment and training opportunities.
Minority- and Woman-Owned Small Business Enterprises
Businesses owned by members of disadvantaged groups who can become certified to receive additional contracting opportunities.
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Networking, training, and community building events held by the Housing & Community Development Department.
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 Residents
Residents can apply for Section 3 certification if they are:
- Residents of Houston Housing Authority public housing, OR
- Houston residents who earn less than 80% of Area Median Income .
- Proof of identification (such as a driver’s license or state ID card)
- Proof of residency (such as a lease, bank statement with address, or utility bill)
- Proof of eligibility – documents required here depend on your application.
- For a full list of required documents, please refer to the Resident Application Checklist (Español ).
When you have collected all these documents, submit your application to HCDSection3@houstontx.gov. For questions, call our office at 832-394-6200.
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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.
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.
Minority- and Woman-owned Small Business Enterprises
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those requirements have been combined with Section 3 guidelines in our Compliance Packets .View the MWSBE Technical Assistance Training Presentation .
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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.