Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Operating Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F

TTY 711

3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tom Fleetwood,
HCD Director

Section 3

Section 3 is a mechanism for the Federal Government to foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. Section 3 is the legal basis for providing jobs for residents and awarding contracts to businesses in areas receiving certain types of HUD financial assistance.

Under Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, Congress established this policy to guarantee that the employment and other economic opportunities created by Federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs should, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed toward low- and very-low income persons, particularly those who reside in subsidized housing.

About Section 3 Residents and Resources

Section 3 residents are:

  • Public housing residents
  • Low- and very low-income persons who live in a HUD-assisted project for housing or community development is located


Section 3 Businesses and Economic Opportunities

A Section 3 business:

  • That is at least 51 percent or more owned by Section 3 residents,
  • Whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least 30 percent 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
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