Section 3

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HUD Section 3

The purpose of the Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 is to “ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, be directed toward low and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low and very low-income persons.”

RHA works to ensure the provision of employment, training, contracting, and other economic opportunities to its residents and other low-income persons. In doing so, RHA utilizes Section 3 as a means of promoting stability and self-sufficiency to Section 3 Residents.

Section 3 Job Bank

RHA has created a Job Bank for residents of the Rockford Housing Authority and residents of the metropolitan area to self-certify as low-income or very low-income.

Once you self-certify through our site you will then receive job alerts from our contractor/vendor base. You will also be notified of other Section 3 opportunities in our community. Don’t have a resume? No problem! During the application process we compile your information into pdf that you can use to apply for listed jobs.

Signing up for the RHA Job Bank is as easy as 1-2-3! If this opportunity interests you, then follow the steps below to begin:

Step 2: Fill out the Section 3 Job Bank Application Form. **

Step 3: Create an RHA Section 3 Account.***

After following these steps you will be able to view the RHA Section 3 Job Bank.

*You will need to complete a Re-Certification Form every 6 months to maintain Section 3 Resident Status and access to the Job Bank.

**You will receive access to the Job Bank Application Form upon completion of the Self-Certification Form. The Job Bank Application only needs to be completed once.

***You will be prompted to create an RHA Section 3 Account upon completion of the Job Bank Application Form.

Section 3 Vlogs

Over the last eight decades HUD has evolved itself to continuously meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable families, which extend beyond the boundary of providing a safe, clean and affordable place to call home. Programs like section 3 were created as a strategy that would empower residents of government-funded affordable housing programs and low-income workers to a life of self-sufficiency and independence.

Section 3 advocates for local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement and individual self-sufficiency, requiring that HUD funded contractors to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training employment opportunities and contracting opportunities for low or very low-income residents in our community.

This series is an inside look at how folks approached the future through Section 3, with a forward-focused mindset, as something to be created and nurtured in the present moment. The takeaway for today: make choices and commitments, and take action, with tomorrow in mind.


Rockford Housing Authority Lifeforce Development
Institute (LDI) is now accepting applications for
the upcoming classes beginning January 19, 2021

The Lifeforce Development Institute is an extensive,
hands-on, 108-hour curriculum to address employment
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All Classes to be held virtually, online.



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Section 3

The ICAPS Program

What’s an ICAPS program? 

ICAPS provides additional academic support to at-risk populations to help them pursue a college certificate while earning a GED or working on academic or language skills. 

Which careers are supported? 

Welding, IT, and Mechatronics

How do I find out more information?

Charles E. Box Scholarship.


Section 3 requirements apply to all projects and activities funded in whole or in part with covered funds. If any HUD funding is used for the project/activity, then the entire project budget is subject to Section 3 regulations.

Section 3 requirements do not apply to projects and activities of RHA that do no receive any HUD funding, such as non-subsidized market rate developments owned by RHA. Section 3 requirements do not apply to any agreement or contract for the purchase of supplies and materials only.

View Local Section 3 Employment Opportunities

If you have completed both the Section 3 self-certification form and the Section 3 Job Bank application, then you have authorization to utilize the RHA Section 3 Job Bank to apply for area jobs provided by RHA Contractors and Vendors.

Who Qualifies as Section 3?

  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.
    • 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:


Family Members Low Income Limit Very Low Income Limit
1 person $39,000 $23,250
2 people $44,600 $26,550
3 people $50,150 $29,850
4 people $55,700 $33,150
5 people $60,200 $35,850
6 people $64,650 $38,500
7 people $69,100 $41,150
8 people $73,550 $43,800

What is a Section 3 Business Concern?

A Section 3 business concern is a business:

  1. That is fifty-one (51%) or more owned by Section 3 residents; or
  2. Whose permanent, full-time employees includes persons, at 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 1 or 2.


Please email with any questions.