Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act that promotes local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.
The Housing Authority of the City of Augusta, Georgia (AHA) is mandated by HUD to provide employment, training and contracting opportunities to low income and very-low income persons, specifically those individuals who are recipients of government assistance for housing in the City of Augusta.
AHA does not guarantee that Business Concerns appearing on the AHA Section 3 Business Directory qualify as a Section 3 Business. The directory merely identifies those businesses that claim to qualify as Section 3 Businesses. Furthermore, appearance on the AHA Section 3 Business Directory does not in any way serve as a guarantee that any business will be selected for or awarded any contract of business opportunity.
What are Section 3 Residents or Section 3 Business Concerns?
A Section 3 Business Enterprise is:
- A business that is at least 51% or more owned by Section 3 residents,
- A business whose 30% of permanent, full-time employees are Section 3 residents, or were Section 3 within the past 3 years, or
- A business that will commit to subcontract 25% or more of all AHA contract dollar awards to Section 3 businesses
A Section 3 Resident is:
- A public housing resident, or
- A low income person who lives in the metropolitan area where a HUD-assisted project for housing or community development is located. Low income is defined as income below 80% of the median household income of that area. The 2009 median household income for the Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area is $55,500.
To determine if a person is a Section 3 resident you must consider the family’s annual household income and the number of persons in the household. The chart below will help you to identify a person as a Section 3 resident. Find the family size on the chart. If the family’s annual income is equal to or less than the income listed below that box, that person is a Section 3 resident.
How can a resident register as a Section 3 Resident?
If you are interested in registering as a Section 3 Resident please complete a registration survey/form. This form may be completed online or you can download and return the completed form:
How can businesses find Section 3 Residents?
Contact Dr. Gregory Francisco, AHA’s Director of Planning and Development at (706) 312-3165 or email@example.com to provide them your company’s employment and training opportunities and any special knowledge, skills, abilities and/or requirements. AHA will search its database and refer Section 3 residents as candidates for your interview and consideration. You may also use your own advertising.
Examples of Section 3 jobs may include, but are not limited to:
- Administrative/Management (accounting, payroll, research, bookkeeping, purchasing, word processing);
- Services (repair, florists, marketing, carpet installation, janitorial, catering, landscaping, printing, computer services, transportation);
- Construction (architecture, bricklaying, carpentry, cement/masonry, demolition, drywall, electrical, elevator construction, engineering, fencing, heating, iron works, machine and equipment operator, painting, plastering, plumbing, tile setting, unskilled labor, semi-skilled trades, skilled trades).