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About Section 3

The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons, especially recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons. 

If you are a recipient of government assistance for housing or if your household income falls below HUD's income limits, you may qualify as a Section 3 resident or Section 3 business concern. Learn more about Section 3

Opportunity Portal

The FHEO Section 3 Opportunity Portal is intended to help HUD grantees and Section 3 businesses meet their Section 3 obligations for employment and contracting. The site is to be used by either Section 3 Residents or Employers. Section 3 residents may use the site to Search for Jobs and post their profile/employment history for companies to search. Employers may use the site for posting job/contract opportunities or search for residents to fill positions.     

User guides for:

Resident  | Business & Contractor 

Spanish user guides for:

Resident  | Business & Contractor 

HUD Form 60002 (SPEARS)

All direct recipients of HUD funding covered by Section 3 must submit Form 60002 annually. All reports must be submitted in the Section 3 Performance Evaluation and Registry System (SPEARS). Please Click here to learn more about the submission process.

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Business Registry

The Section 3 Business Registry is a listing of firms that have self-certified that they meet one of the regulatory definitions of a Section 3 business and are included in a searchable online database that can be used by agencies that receive HUD funds, developers, contractors, and others to facilitate the award of certain HUD-funded contracts.

Section 3 Business Registry