Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act
that promotes local economic development, neighborhood economic imporivement,
and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that
recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible,
provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low or very-low
income residents in connection with projects and activities in their
The Housing Authority of the City of Augusta, Georiga (AHA) is mandated by HUD
to provide employment, training and contracting opportunities to low income and
very-low income persons, specifically those individuals who are receipients of
government assistance for housing in the City of Augusta.
AHA does not
guarantee that Business Concerns appearing on the AHA Section 3 Business
Directory qualify as a Section 3 Business. The directory merely identifies
those businesses that claim to qualify as Section 3 Businesses. Furthermore,
appearance on the AHA Section 3 Business Directory does not in any way serve as
a guarantee that any business will be selected for or awarded any contract of
What are Section 3 Residents or Section 3 Business Concerns?
A Section 3 Business Enterprise is:
A Section 3 Resident is:
- A business that is at least 51% or more owned by Section 3 residents,
- A business whose 30% of permanent, full-time employees are Section 3 residents, or were Section 3
within the past 3 years, or
- A business that will commit to subcontract 25% or more of all AHA contract dollar awards to
Section 3 businesses.
- A public housing resident, or
- A low income person who lives in the metropolitan area where a HUD-assisted project for housing
or community development is located. Low income is defined as income below 80% of the median household
income of that area. The 2009 median household income for the Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area is
To determine if a person is a Section 3 resident you must consider the family's annual household income and
the number of persons in the household. The chart below will help you to identify a person as a Section 3
resident. Find the family size on the chart. If the family's annual income is equal to or less than the
income listed below that box, that person is a Section 3 resident.
How can a resident register as a Section 3 Resident?
If you are interested in registering as a Section 3 Resident please complete a registration survey/form. This form
may be completed online or you can download and return the completed form:
Download the form
How can businesses find Section 3 Residents?
Contact Dr. Gregory Francisco, AHA's Director of Planning and Development at (706) 312-3165 or
to provide them your comapny's employment and training opportunities and
any special knowledge, skills, abilities and/or requirements. AHA will
search its database and refer Section 3 residents as candidates for your
interview and consideration. You may also use your own advertising.
Examples of Section 3 jobs may include, but are not limited to:
Administrative/Management (accounting, payroll, research, bookkeeping, purchasing, word
Services (repair, florists, marketing, carpet installation, janitorial, catering,
landscaping, printing, computer services, transportation);
Construction (architecture, bricklaying, carpentry, cement/masonry, demolition, drywall,
electrical, elevator construction, engineering, fencing, heating, iron works, machine
and equipment operator, painting, plastering, plumbing, tile setting, unskilled labor,
semi-skilled trades, skilled trades).