The purpose of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities are, to the greatest extent feasible, directed to low income persons and to businesses which provide economic opportunities for low income persons. It gives preference to firms that are owned by, or hire, people with low incomes.

What is a Section 3 business?

  • A business that is at least 51 percent owned by low-income residents,
  • 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
  • That provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to a Section 3 business concern.

Section 3 Businesses must register every three years to maintain certification.

Income Limits

Current income limits for the Section 3 Program are $47,800 for a family of two, $59,750 for a family of four, or $69,350 for a family of six.  For more information on income limits, contact Bridgette Fahnbulleh, the VHA Section 3 Coordinator at (360) 993-9556 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is a Section 3 Resident?

Section 3 residents are:

  • Public housing residents or
  • Persons who live in the area where a HUD-assisted project is located and who have a household income that falls below HUD's Low-Income (80%), as shown above.

For assistance in outreaching to Section 3 Residents, please contact Bridgette Fahnbulleh, the VHA Section 3 Coordinator at (360) 993-9556 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Section 3 Businesses

Find Section 3 Businesses in Clark County

This list of Section 3 Businesses in Clark County is updated regularly.

List of Certified Section 3 Businesses

Building Industry Association of Clark County

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County has a website you might find helpful when looking to sub out work. The BIA is the region’s leading building industry and small business advocate.

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Section 3 Businesses in Portland

Our neighbors in Portland have a Section 3 program too. You can learn more about their program and get a list of Section 3 businesses in Portland by visiting the City of Portland's website.

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National HUD Section 3 Business Registry

Section 3 businesses can register with HUD on a national level. HUD provides a searchable list of these Section 3 businesses.

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History of Section 3