Section 3 Requirements for Contractors / Vendors

PHA is committed to providing quality housing and economic opportunities for our residents and the neighborhoods we serve. One of the major vehicles for this is Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, which requires that HUD funds provide low-income individuals with a springboard for economic empowerment through direct participation in construction and other activities that are designed to physically improve and revitalize the communities in which they live.

HUD considers public housing authorities to be in compliance with Section 3 if they meet the following minimum numerical goals:

A. 30% of the aggregate number of new hires shall be Section 3 residents;

B. 10% of the total dollar amount of all covered construction contracts shall be awarded to Section 3 business concerns; and

C. 3% of the total dollar amount of all covered non-construction contracts shall be awarded to Section 3 business concerns.

Section 3 requirements apply to all contractors and vendors who receive awards from public housing authorities.

If you are interested in business opportunities at PHA and want to learn more about the procurement process and Section 3 requirements, please attend one of our monthly "Doing Business with PHA" workshops. More information is available here.

Documents and Resources

  • PHA Section 3 Policies and Forms
    The updated policies were presented to the Board and approved on April 26, 2012.
  • Section 3 FAQs
    Download answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Section 3.
  • HUD's Section 3 website
    Learn more about Section 3 on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website.
  • Affidavit for business concerns seeking Section 3 preference in contracting
    Instructions for filling out the affidavit are included in the PDF. Upon completing the affidavit, please mail the original, notarized copy to 12 S. 23rd Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Attention: Section 3.
  • Certification for residents seeking Section 3 preference in training and employment
    Income limits are included in the PDF. Upon completing the Section 3 resident certification, please mail the original copy to 12 S. 23rd Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Attention: Section 3.
  • List of Section 3 Business Concerns (updated 11/7/11)
    PHA is providing this list of companies that have identified themselves as Section 3 business concerns for informational purposes only. PHA in no way guarantees the accuracy of the businesses' Section 3 certification, nor does PHA represent or warrant the quality of the businesses' work or performance. It is up to each prime contractor to conduct its own investigation into the veracity of the Section 3 certification and into the capabilities of the subcontractor it selects.
  • Section 3 Summary Report (covering the period from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011).