Sunday, July 12, 2020
Section 3

Section 3 Mission Statement

Promoting economic self-sufficiency and advancement through training, job placement and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Section 3 Certification

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that requires recipients of certain HUD financial assistance (Public Housing Authorities) to help low-income residents gain the skills and jobs needed to become self-sufficient.

Business concerns can become Section 3 certified if they meet one (1) of the following HUD guidelines:

  1. Business owned (51% or more) by individuals whose household incomes are NO GREATER THAN 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Please reference the table below to determine if employee's household income is less than 80% of the current area median income;
  2. 30% (or more) of a business's full time, permanent employees have household incomes that are NO GREATER THAN 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), or within three years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents; or
  3. Subcontracting more than 25% of contract with a qualified business that is either 51% owned by Section 3 residents or 30% or more of its employees are Section 3 residents.
FYE 2015 Income 
Limit Area 
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 Christian County, KY  $51,400  $28,850 $32,950 $37,050 $41,150 $44,450 $47,750 $51,050 $54,350


The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) maintains a list of certified and recertified Section 3 Business Concerns.  This list is shared with the all public housing agencies and is available on HUD's website to any business, contractor, or subcontractor interested in work related to HUD sourced projects.  Interested businesses can obtain more information and register through HUD's web portal.  

Furthermore, Section 3 certified business concerns will be forwarded request for proposals and request for quotes for contracts that of which vendors specialize.

How to Become Certified

The Housing Authority of Hopkinsville will certify you as a Section 3 Business upon receipt of a completed Section 3 Business Certification.  In addition your firm must retain documentation of your Section 3 status in a project file for each HAH awarded project. The HAH considers this form adequate documentation of Section 3 status; however additional documentation verifying Section 3 compliance may be requested by the Authority at a later date.