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: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington and Wright Counties in Minnesota and Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin

    And whose family income does not exceed 80% of the median income:

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

All candidates applying for employment with the MPHA must complete a job application online.

If you qualify as a certified Section 3 resident, you will be asked to complete the Section 3 certification form during your New Employee Onboarding process.