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Section 3 Business Certification

Section 3 Business Certification

The purpose of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 is to ensure that economic opportunities be directed to low-income persons and to businesses which provide economic opportunities to low-income persons.

To apply for a Section 3 Business Certification, please click the following link and submit the form to Section3@sanantonio.gov.

  • Section 3 Business Application
  • View a list of all currently certified COSA Section 3 Businesses
  • View a list of all currently certified HUD Section 3 Businesses
  • How does Section 3 benefit me?

    There are real benefits to attaining a Section 3 Certification.  The City of San Antonio receives HUD sourced funding for housing rehabilitation, housing new construction, public infrastructure improvements, public facilities, park improvements, and economic development projects.  The City has set the following goals to support certified business and individuals.

    1. Employment:
      Thirty percent (30%) of the aggregate number of new hires during a one year period of the project. (Example: A construction contractor hires 10 new workers. Three of the new workers should be Section 3 eligible persons.)
    2. Contracting:
      (a) At least 10 percent (10%) of the total dollar amount of all Section 3 covered contracts for building trades work arising in connection with housing rehabilitation, construction, and other public construction with federal funds; and
      (b) At least three percent (3%) of the total dollar amount of all other covered Section 3 contracts to eligible Section 3 businesses.

    There are significant economic opportunities for certified businesses.  All you have to do is to get certified!  GMA staff will maintain a listing of all certified businesses by trade and location.  This list will be provided to participating contractors and program partners to meet Section 3 hiring and contract goals.

    Does my business qualify for a Section 3 Certification?

    In order to be a Section 3 Certified Business you must meet one of the following requirements:

    1. 51 percent or more owned by Section 3 residents; or
    2. At least 30 percent of its full-time employees include persons that are currently Section 3 residents, or within three years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents; or
    3. Provides evidence, as required, of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to business concerns that meet the qualifications in the above two paragraphs.
    Applicable Section 3 Trades
    Services Construction
    Accounting Payroll
    Word Processing
    Appliance Repair Florists
    Carpet Installation
    Elevator Construction
    Iron Works
    Machine Operation
    Tile Setting

    Does your household income must meet the income criteria by household size:

    FY 2019 80% AMI - Income Limits (Household Size)
    1 2 3 4 5 6
    $39,800 $45,450 $51,150 $56,800 $61,350 $65,900

    Section 3 Registry - Certified Businesses

    What happens after I fill out the intake form?

    GMA staff will initiate the application process and review each intake form.  Staff will contact you concerning any additional required documentation.  The application process will be held in a pending status until all incomplete or missing documentation is provided and approved.

    After all documentation has been reviewed by staff, GMA will issue a Certification Letter which is good for a period of 3 years.  Your trade information will be added to a registry for hiring and contracting opportunities.