Section 3 Resource Center

SECTION 3 Resource Center

The S3 Resource Center streamlines employment opportunities for individuals and builds capacity for resident-owned businesses to develop and grow.

The purpose of CHA’s Section 3 Resource Center is to serve Section 3 eligible residents and participants and Section 3 Businesses by providing the resources and tools needed for economic development and individual self-sufficiency. The S3 Resource Center also assists CHA vendors comply with CHA’s Section 3 goals

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Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center 4859 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60615
Hours of Operations: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Main Line: 312-542-8802
General Email:


HOW DOES THE Section 3 Resource Center ASSIST Contractors and job seekers?

The Section 3 Resource Center assists:

  • CHA vendors to meet S3 Compliance goals (with S3 Business and S3 individuals)
  • S3 Business concerns with contracting opportunities either directly or through sub-contracting
  • S3 individuals with employment opportunities
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What Services are offered:

The Section 3 Resource Center offers the following services.

S3 Businesses

  • Registry in the S3 portal
  • Assistance with e-builder
  • Training & Technical assistance on procurement process
  • Assistance with hiring

CHA Residents who are interested in starting a business

  • Entrepreneurial and Business Development classes
  • Networking
  • Mentoring

S3 individuals

  • Technical Assistance
  • Portal registry
  • Referral to S3 employment opportunities
  • Referral to employment and training opportunities (for CHA residents/participants)

CHA Vendors

  • Assistance finding S3Business subcontractors and individuals
  • Technical Assistance navigating S3 portal/position posting
  • Assist with Other Economic Opportunities


For S3RC current Training Schedule please click here

COMING SOON! Resident Owned Business Course Schedule

For additional employment programs, click here

Getting Started

Register as an Employer or Applicant at  

For instructions on how to register and use the system, please use these helpful guides:

For additional resources, please refer to the local Government Agencies below.


A Section 3 Business is defined as:

(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) A business that commits to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to business concerns that meet the definition of either 1 or 2 above.

  A checklist 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 company, if your business meets the outlined below.  If you are interested in contracting looking to contract with a Section 3 Business Concern, please visit

For information about S3 Compliance:  Click Here

Please note, HUD recently has ISSUED new guidance for Section 3. Check back soon for more information.