The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance or HUD-assisted developments covered by Section 3 shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low- and very low-income persons, including persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing, with a preference for both targeted workers living in the service area or neighborhood of the Development and YouthBuild participants, as defined at 24 CFR Part 75 ("Section 3 Regulations").
Harris County is a recipient of HUD grant funding, including HOME funds, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Funds, and Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds, which require compliance with Section 3 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u) (“Section 3”).
HUD updated Section 3 with the Federal New Rule Regulations found at 24 CFR Part 75 that became effective November 30, 2020 and implemented on July 1, 2021. Harris County DEEO has created Section 3 Policies, which are provided for your reference.
Section 3 Policy (Plan)
Harris County HUD Section 3 Policy (Plan)
HUD Section 3 Guidebook
HUD Opportunity Portal and Section 3 Registry
Harris County Section 3 Business Concern Outreach Flyer
Harris County DEEO Sec 3 Booklet
Harris County DEEO Section 3 Bid Requirements