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Section 3

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Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 created the Section 3 program as an effort to create long-term economic opportunities for low- and very-low income residents and businesses. The ultimate goal is that, to the greatest extent feasible, the investment of federal funding in local housing and community development projects will also result in economic opportunities for area residents and businesses. This may be in the form of employment, job training, or contracting opportunities.

For more information about the City’s procedures for implementing Section 3, please review the City’s Policy.

What Is Section 3?

A resident or a business may qualify as Section 3.

    Section 3 Resident    

Section 3 Resident:  A public housing resident or an individual who resides in the metropolitan area or non-metropolitan county in which Section 3 covered assistance is expended and who is considered to be a low (80% or below the area median income) to very low-income (50% below).

To be considered a Section 3 resident, an individual must fall below the low- or very low-income level for that person’s household size. A current listing of the income limits for the Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA is provided below.

   Section 3 Income Limits   

Eligibility Guideline
Number in Household Very Low Income Low Income
1 Individual $30,100 $48,200
2 Individuals $34,400 $55,050
3 individuals $38,700 $61,950
4 individuals $43,000 $68,800
5 individuals $46,450 $74,350
6 individuals $49,900 $79,850
7 individuals $53,350 $85,350
8 individuals $56,800 $90,850

Residents must be certified as Section 3 to participate in the program. Certification lasts for a period of 3 years. To be placed on the City’s Section 3 Resident database, please complete the Certification Form. Please return the form and the required supporting documentation to the Omaha City Planning Department. If you need assistance with completing the form, please contact the Alyssa Silhacek at the contact information provided at the end of this page.

Section 3 residents are also encouraged to use the HUD Opportunity Portal https://hudapps.hud.gov/OpportunityPortal/  to post a resume and search for jobs and training opportunities.

    Section 3 Business Concern    

A business that meets one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • 51% or more of the business is owned by Section 3 Residents
  • 30% or more of the business’ full-time employees are Section 3 Residents
  • The business can provide evidence of a firm commitment to subcontract a minimum of 25% of the total dollar amount of contracts to a business that meets one of the first two criteria.

A business may self-certify as a Section 3 business through HUD’s opportunity portal:  https://portalapps.hud.gov/Sec3BusReg/BRegistry/RegisterBusiness

Upcoming Events and Training Opportunities

Contractor Meeting [POSTPONED]

In light of growing concerns with COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution,  have decided to postpone the Contractor Meeting scheduled for March 24 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Venue.  We will announce a new date for this event in the coming weeks.

*This event is open to all contractors, trades, and residents seeking economic opportunities.

HUD Supporting Information

• Additional information about Section 3 requirements can be viewed by accessing HUD’s Section 3 Opportunity Portal: https://www.hud.gov/section3

• “What is Section 3?”: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/documents/19580_SECTION3.PDF

• FAQs: https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/11SECFAQS.PDF

Section 3 Contact

For more information about Section 3, please contact Alyssa Silhacek, City Planner.

Phone:  402-444-5150 x2017 | Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.