Section 3 Requirements
HUD's Section 3 policy helps involve people with low incomes in KCHA projects. It requires contractors to hire these workers when possible. It also gives preference to firms that hire, or are owned by, people with low incomes.
Section 3 Hiring
If you have to hire people for your KCHA contract, when possible at least 30 percent of your hires must be Section 3-qualified. This means that they meet one of the following criteria:
- Live in subsidized housing
- Have a Section 8 voucher
- Earn 80 percent of area median income or less
KCHA works with local nonprofits to find Section 3 workers. If you need hiring help, contact Andrew Zimmerman at AndrewZ@KCHA.org or (206) 574-1217.
If you hire Section 3-qualified workers, use the following forms for certification. Forms are provided in PDF format (download Adobe Reader).
Section 3 Contracting
KCHA awards extra points to Section 3 businesses when it scores their RFP and RFQ responses. It also gives them preference in low-bid situations. Section 3-qualified firms must meet one of four criteria:
- 51 percent or more owned by Section 3-qualified persons.
- Section 3 persons make up 30 percent or more of all permanent, full-time employees.
- Takes part in a local HUD YouthBuild program.
- Subcontracts 25 percent or more of the KCHA contract value to Section 3 businesses.
If your business qualifies, KCHA can also add you to its list of Section 3 firms (PDF format, 360KB). We make this list available to KCHA staff and contractors. Download the Section 3 Business Certification Form (PDF, 293 KB).
KCHA also looks for other types of firms to work as contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. These include:
- Minority- and women-owned businesses
- Socially and economically disadvantaged businesses
- Small businesses