The Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 created provision Section 3 to ensure that recipients of HUD funding provide training, jobs, and economic opportunities low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who receive federal housing assistance, and businesses that are owned by or substantially employ such persons.
A "Section 3 resident" is a low or very low-income person or someone who lives in public housing. A "Section 3 business" is one where a section 3 resident owns 51% or more of the share, or at least 30% of the full-time employees are section 3 residents, or were within three years of the date of first hire, or 25% of their contracts are with eligible section 3 businesses.
HUD Low Income Limits for Bexar County
FY 2018 Income Limit
HUD Business Registry
This registry is used by agencies that receive HUD funds and need to award their contracts to Section 3 businesses. Qualifying businesses can self-certify on the HUD website to get listed on the registry. Section 3 residents can also use the registry to identify businesses that may have HUD-funded employment opportunities. For more information, follow the link to search the HUD Business registry.
Both Section 3 and the Bexar County's Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department work to offer government funded projects to historically underutilized businesses. More information about Bexar County's Small Businesses can be found on their website.