Opportunities for Residents and Businesses

Economic empowerment can be achieved through investment in individuals and their ideas. Atlanta Housing is committed to advancing the economic opportunities available to underrepresented business owners and low-income Atlanta residents through our training programs, job openings, and supplier contracts.

Section 3 Residents and Section 3 Businesses

Minority, Women, & Small Business Enterprise Program

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Section 3 Residents and Section 3 Businesses

Section 3

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low- or very low-income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.

The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that jobs, training, contracting and other economic opportunities generated by federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed towards low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who are:

  • Recipients of government assistance for housing
  • Living in the areas where HUD funds are spent
  • Businesses that provide economic opportunities to Section 3 residents

Who are Section 3 residents?

Section 3 residents are public housing residents or persons who live in the area where a HUD-assisted project is located and who have a household income that falls below HUD’s income limits.

What is a Section 3 Business Concern (S3BC)?

A business that meets one of the following criteria within the last six months:

  • The business is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by low- or very low-income persons
  • Over 75 percent of the labor hours performed for the business over a prior three-month period are performed by Section 3 workers
  • The business is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by current public housing residents who currently live in HCV assisted living
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Jobs, Training, and Economic Opportunities

Atlanta Housing and its contractors provide opportunities for Section 3-eligible residents to obtain job training, employment, and contracting opportunities through Section 3 program activities.

Examples of opportunities include:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Appliance repair
  • Bookkeeping
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Carpet Installation
  • Catering
  • Cement/Masonry
  • Computer/Information
  • Demolition
  • Electrical
  • Elevator Construction
  • Engineering
  • Fencing
  • Florists
  • Heating
  • Iron Works
  • Janitorial
  • Landscaping
  • Machine Operation
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Painting
  • Payroll Photography
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Printing Purchasing
  • Research
  • Surveying
  • Tile setting
  • Transportation
  • Word processing
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Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise Program

Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE/SBE) shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed in whole or in part with federal funds. Bidders, proposers or contractors and their subcontractors or suppliers shall take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that MBE/WBE/SBEs shall have the maximum opportunity to compete for and perform work on AH solicited contracts.

Minority Business Enterprises

A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) must be at least 51 percent owned by one or more minority group members. In the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the business’s voting stock must be owned by one or more minority group members and whose management and daily operations are controlled by one or more such individuals. Minority group members include but are not necessarily limited to: (a) Black Americans; (b) Hispanic Americans; (c) Native Americans; (d) Asian-Pacific Americans; and (e) Asian-Indian Americans.

Small Business Enterprises

A Small Business Enterprise (SBE) must be independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field of operation, and conform with specific industry criteria as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Women Business Enterprises

A Women Business Enterprise (WBE) must be at least 51 percent owned by a woman who is a United States citizen or by women who are United States citizens and who control and operate the business. 


Atlanta Housing does not have a certification process. Though AH is not a certifying agency, our partners listed below are. Our agency partners include but are not limited to: