Because the Bremerton Housing Authority receives HUD financial assistance, we are required to comply with HUD's Section 3 program. This program requires that BHA, to the greatest extent possible, provides job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low or very low-income residents in connection with projects and activities in Bremerton. HUD determines the definition of "low-income" and "very low-income" annually, so we are unable to provide those definitions here. However, Section 3 regulations were designed to encourage recipients of HUD funding to direct new employment, training, and contracting opportunities to low-income residents and the businesses that employ these people within their community regardless of race and/or gender.
You are a Section 3 resident if:
- You have proof that you reside in a public housing development; or
- You can provide evidence of participation in a HUD Youth build program operated in the metropolitan area (or non-metropolitan county) where the Section 3 covered assistance is spent; or
- You can provide evidence that you reside in the Section 3 area and are a low- or very low-income person, as determined by local HUD income limits.
You are a Section 3 business if your company is able to meet one of the following criteria:
- 51% or more of the company is owned by Section 3 residents; or
- The company has permanent, full-time employees at least 30% of whom are currently Section 3 residents or within three years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents; or
- The company has a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25% of the total dollar award of all contracts to Section 3 businesses.
HUD has established the following goals for organizations that must comply with Section 3 requirements:
- 30% of new hires by the agency are low- or very low-income residents.
- 10% of construction contracts are awarded to Section 3 businesses.
- 3% of non-construction contracts are awarded to Section 3 businesses.
BHA is required, to the greatest extent feasible, to meet these goals. We must make every effort and use any means at our disposal to meet the regulatory requirements. If we are unable to comply despite our best efforts, we explain in our annual report to HUD what efforts we made and what prevented us from meeting our goal.
We are eager to assist our residents and other low- and very low-income people in Bremerton to participate in the Section 3 program. If you need more information on the Section 3 program, please click here to be redirected to HUD's web page which explains the details of the program. If you are interested in being certified by BHA as a Section 3 business, please click here to be redirected to the application. If you are already certified as a Section 3 business and are interested in registering with the HUD Section 3 Business Registry, please click here.
Being registered as a Section 3 business does not guarantee work with BHA; however, BHA gives preference to Section 3 businesses in its procurement procedures. Those preferences are explained in the material provided to apply to be certified as a Section 3 business by BHA.