Section 3

Section 3 is a provision of the federal Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, job opportunities and self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program ensures that “to the greatest extent feasible,” economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance be prioritized for low-income individuals and businesses. The program is implemented and regulated by Part 75 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

As a recipient of HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Disaster Recovery and CDBG - Mitigation funding, the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency has a responsibility to ensure that all HUD-funded projects maximize community benefits and economic opportunities for low-income individuals and households. 

Section 3 Opportunities

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NCORR subrecipients, contractors and subcontractors working on Section 3-covered contracts or projects must make their best efforts to provide employment and training opportunities to Section 3 workers. These job opportunities may include professional, technical, construction, maintenance and administrative work.

An individual who is certified as a Section 3 Worker certified is placed on a registry and notified of employment and training opportunities. 

NCORR helps eligible businesses obtain contracting opportunities on HUD Section 3-covered contracts and projects. To be eligible, the business must:

  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by low-income individuals; or
  • Have Section 3 workers perform over 75% of the business’s labor hours over a three-month period; or
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by current public housing residents or Section 8 residents.

A business that is Section 3 Business Concern certified is placed on a registry and notified of contracting opportunities, business development workshops and conferences and referrals to businesses under Section 3 Contract Compliance.

To meet HUD benchmarks, NCORR subrecipients, developers, contractors and subcontractors working on NCORR Section 3 covered contracts and projects must make a documented effort to award contracts and subcontracts to qualified Section 3 Business Concerns and hire qualified Section 3 workers.

For assistance in identifying certified Section 3 workers and Section 3 businesses, please email

The Section 3 Policy Manual outlines how NCORR and its subrecipients, contractors and subcontractors will comply with Section 3 requirements while implementing NCORR’s HUD-funded programs. Additional information about Section 3 is also available on the HUD Exchange. 

Section 3 Resources
NCORR Policy Manual
Policy and Procedures: Section 3 Policy
Política y Procedimientos: Política de la Sección 3
NCORR Section 3 Factsheet
Section 3 Economic Opportunities Factsheet
Hoja informativa sobre oportunidades económicas de la Sección 3
NCORR Section 3 Flyer
Flyer: Work With Us
Folleto: Trabaja con nosotros
Additional HUD Resources
HUD Exchange: Section 3
HUD Section 3 FAQs


For questions, please email the NCORR Section 3 Compliance Team at



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