Section 3

The purpose of Section 3 is to make HUD-financed employment and economic opportunities available to low-income residents.  Under CHA’s Section 3 program, there are multiple requirements for every contract.   Hiring and Contracting are both required under Section 3, and vendors cannot choose between the two.  Section 3 does not apply to Supply & Delivery contracts.  CHA’s Section 3 requirements are outlined in HUD’s 24 CFR 135.  



30% of all of new hires must be Section 3 employees. This includes CHA and low-income Chicago area residents. The Prime Contractor will be required to complete the Schedule B and outline all of the employees who are needed to complete this scope of work. Through the hiring chart on Schedule B, Compliance is able to determine how many Section 3 employees are needed for the contract. The 30% of all new hires covers new hires for the Prime Contractor and the Subcontractors. Contractors will be required to utilize CHA’s hiring system, which allows Section 3 individuals to apply for open positions on CHA contracts.

The Section 3 Opportunities system is replacing the Job Order Form process and will require Applicants to actively apply for jobs and Employers to interview and hire for their Section 3 positions based on a streamlined process in accordance with HUD’s Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Section 3 Hiring Specialists will be responsible for initiating the job postings and approving the job profiles prior to the new jobs posting to the website available to the public.

You can register as an Employer or Applicant at For instructions on how to register and use the system, use these helpful guides:

Employer Guide 

Applicant Guide 



Prime Contractors are required to subcontract 10% of the total contract value for construction contracts and 3% of the total contract value for all other contracts to Section 3 Business Concerns.  CHA does not certify Section 3 Business Concerns and it is the responsibility of the Prime Contractor to verify the information presented by the self-certified Section 3 Businesses.  A checklist that would be a good guide as to what documents you should request is available through HUD’s section 3 website.  

CHA’s Self-Certified Section 3 Business Concern Registry is available for your business to self-certify your company, if you meet the requirements outlined below.  If you are looking to contract with a Section 3 Business Concern, you can search those self-certified businesses through the same website.  

Section 3 Self-Certification Instructions

What is a Section 3 Business Concern?

A Section 3 Business concern is a business concern under HUD Regulations:
(1) 51 percent or more owned by section 3 residents; or
(2) Whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least 30 percent of whom are currently section 3 residents, or within three years of the date of first employment with the business concern were section 3 residents; or
(3) That provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to business concerns that meet the qualifications set forth in paragraphs (1) or (2) in this definition of “section 3 business concern”.

Other Economic Opportunities

If for any reason, a business is unable to subcontract the full percentage requirement to a Section 3 Business Concern, CHA requires the vendor to propose other economic opportunities that would benefit the residents and future businesses.  Examples include, but are not limited to teaming agreements, mentorship programs, internship programs, or anything creative that the Prime Contractor can propose.

Section 3 FAQs

Instructions to Self-Certify as a Section 3 Business Concern

Section 3 Requirements