Section 3 Worker Resources

 Who is a Section 3 Worker?

Section 3 Worker 

Section 3 Worker means;

Any worker who currently fits or when hired within the past five years fit at least one of the following categories, as documented:

  1. The worker’s income for the previous or annualized calendar year is below the income limit established by HUD.
  2. The worker is employed by a Section 3 business concern.
  3. The worker is a YouthBuild participant.
Targeted Section 3 Worker

The definition of a Targeted Section 3 Worker is different based on the source of HUD funding:

Targeted Section 3 Worker for Public Housing Financial Assistance means a Section 3 Worker as defined in 24 CFR Part 75.11, as may be amended from time to time, and means a worker documented through self-certification or other means acceptable to HUD, who is:

  • A worker employed by a Section 3 Business Concern; or
  • A worker who currently fits or when hired fit at least one of the following categories, as documented within the past five years:
  • A resident of public housing or Section 8-assisted housing;
  • A resident of other public housing projects or Section 8-assisted housing managed by the PHA that is providing the assistance; or
  • A YouthBuild participant.

Targeted Section 3 Worker for Housing and Community Development Financial Assistance means a Section 3 Worker as defined in 24 CFR Part 75.21, as may be amended from time to time, and means a worker documented through self-certification or other means acceptable to HUD, who is:

  • A worker employed by a Section 3 Business Concern; or
  • A worker who currently fits or when hired fit at least one of the following categories, as documented within the past five years:
  • Living within the service area or the neighborhood of the project, as defined in § 75.5; or
  • A YouthBuild participant.
Income Eligibility Guideline (FY 2021 Los Angeles County HUD Income Limits)

Income Eligibility Guideline (FY 2021 Los Angeles County HUD Income Limits) is available here.

Section 3 Worker Registry Enrollment

HACLA maintains a database of qualified employment-ready Section 3 Workers who are referred to contractors for their hiring needs.

Section 3 Workers wishing to enroll in the registry must complete Section 3 Worker Registry Enrollment Form and submit it to Fidelina Rivas (e-mail: Fidelina.Rivas@hacla.org). General questions relating to the Section 3 Worker Registry, or assistance to find qualified Section 3 Workers should be directed to Fidelina Rivas.

Section 3 Worker Jobs and Training Opportunities

Public housing residents and other Section 3 Workers interested in obtaining jobs at HACLA projects should enroll in the Section 3 Worker Registry by contacting Fidelina.Rivas@hacla.org. Variety of jobs are available, mainly in the construction industry. These jobs become available in connection with projects that HACLA undertakes and change daily. Please contact us to learn about current openings.

In addition to jobs, if Section 3 Workers are interested in training programs, pre-apprenticeship enrollments, or other long term career opportunities, they should follow the same process of registration and contacting us. Various opportunities become available on ongoing basis.

Earned Income Disallowance

The Earned Income Disallowance (EID) is a program that allows tenants who have been out of work to accept a new job without having their rent increase right away. The program applies to both public housing workers and section 8 voucher holders with disabilities. To learn more about the program click here.

HUD Opportunity Portal

HUD’s Opportunity Portal helps match Section 3 Workers to jobs and training opportunities and Section 3 Businesses to contracting opportunities. Visit the HUD page to learn more

Meet our Section 3 Workers

Many of our workers have successfully obtained jobs through the Section 3 program. Here are a few of their stories. If you are a Section 3 worker and wish to share your story, please contact section3@hacla.org.

Nicolas Vergara, Cal Roofing Inc.

Ismael Hernandez Jr., Chapman Coast Roof Co.

Grethel Fuentes: ELP Advisors

Alejandro Lopez: ELP Advisors

Dalia Gomez: York Risk Services Group

Sonia Rodriquez: Walton Construction Services

Jacqueline Jones: Andersen Environmental

Dwight Thomas: Gartner Inc. Section 3 Workshop, LA County Public Safety Prep Program

Abraham Acevedo: West Coast Arborists

Rosalina Aguilar: KDG Consulting

Chaunthia Mahone: Best Choice Plumbing

Robert Lowe: Letner Co. and Best Choice Plumbing