What is Section 3?

Section 3 is part of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968. Its purpose is to ensure to the greatest extent feasible that employment, training, contracting and other economic development opportunities be directed to low income individuals when certain HUD funding is expended.

MPHA is required to report to HUD every year on how many new employees we hired, and how many of those people were public housing residents or were “low income” residents of the community. For that reason, we are asking applicants if their household income is below HUD’s “low income” limit before being hired.

Who is a Section 3 Resident?

A Section 3 Resident will meet one of three criteria, listed below in priority order:

  • A current MPHA resident;
  • Participants in a HUD Youth Build Program
  • Other low income persons who live in the 13-county Twin Cities Metro Area (whose family income does not exceed 80% of the median income)

What are next steps if I am a Section 3 Resident?

All candidates applying for employment with the MPHA should complete a job application online and send us the Section 3 Resident Certification for Employment form along with the documented evidence to be considered for an interview. Please note, we do not guarantee an interview but Section 3 residents will be considered if the minimums are met.

To qualify as a certified Section 3 resident, an applicant must send us documented evidence along with the Section 3 Resident Certification for Employment form when applying for the job. Public housing residents need only show proof of residency in MPHA. Other residents of the Section 3 area need to show proof of residency within the 13-county Twin Cities Metro Area which includes Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington and Wright Counties in Minnesota and Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin; and documented proof of meeting the income requirements.

Section 3 is both race and gender neutral. Preferences provided under this regulation are based on income-level and location. Section 3 residents must demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications for the employment opportunities offered.