Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low or very low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. Section 3 is a starting point for people with low or very low incomes to obtain job training, employment, and contracting opportunities.
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Who are Section 3 Workers or Targeted Section 3 Workers?
All current residents of Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) public housing, a resident of other public housing projects or Section 8 assisted housing or a YouthBuild participant, qualify as Targeted Section 3 Worker.
Additionally, individuals residing in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties, whose individual income limits (Area Median Income – AMI) set forth below for Bernalillo County (Albuquerque MSA), can also qualify for Section 3 Worker status. Count only theone (1) individual (applicant)source of income in the household.
Eligibility Guideline – 2022 Household Income Limits- Please note that Eligibility for Section 3 certification is based on one (1) individual (resident/applicant) income.
*(AMI amount to change annually, based on federal income data reports)
Income Limit Category
One (1) Person
2022 Low (80%)
AHA Section 3 Definitions for Certification
Eligibility and Certification Guidelines
Any worker who currently fits or when hired within the past five years (effective November 30, 2020, or date of hire if later) meets the criteria to be certified as a Section 3 worker or targeted Section 3 worker through self-certification or employer certification using the forms. Section 3 Explanation and Forms 2022