Section 3, M/WBE & SWaM




Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 as amended by Section 915 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 that promotes local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency.  It ensures “that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations, be directed towards low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.”

 PRHA is committed to Section 3 by ensuring that all contractors and subcontractors awarded HUD-funded contracts shall take all necessary and reasonable steps to provide meaningful job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.  For further information on Section 3, please see PRHA’s Section 3 Policy and the Section 3 Fact Sheet located in Forms.

 A Section 3 Resident is:

  • A public housing or Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) resident or,
  • A low-income person who lives in the metropolitan areas where a HUD-assisted project for housing or community development is located.  Low income is defined as income below 80% of the median household income of that area. The median household income for this Metropolitan Statistical Area is $79,300.
  • Please click here to access the Section 3 Resident Self-Certification form if you would like to become certified as a Section 3 resident.  Please complete the form and return to

 A Section 3 Business Enterprise is:

  • A business that is at least 51% or more owned by Section 3 Residents,
  • A business whose 30% of permanent, full-time employees are Section 3 residents or were Section 3 residents.
  • A business that will commit to subcontract 25% or more of all PRHA contract dollar awards to Section 3 businesses.
  • Please click here to access the Section 3 Business Self-Certification form.  Please complete the form and return to

 Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)

PRHA is committed to providing contracting opportunities to small, minority and woman-owned businesses.  Businesses must be certified through the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity or by the Federal Small Business Administration to meet requirements.  Please contact for more information.