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HUD Section 3 Program

Section 3 Guidelines - JULY 2020

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 [24 CFR Part 135] is a Regulation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that attempts to provide economic and employment opportunities to low-income residents and businesses when certain HUD funds are used for construction.

It is a policy of the City of Long Beach that when a construction project contains HUD Section 3 regulations, that best efforts are to be utilized to meet Section 3 requirements.  Contractors shall cooperate with the City and its representatives regarding compliance with Section 3 regulations and shall cause its employees and subcontractors to cooperate with the City in complying with Section 3.  The City will provide assistance to Contractor in complying with Section 3 HUD regulations.

For more information on how to comply with the City of Long Beach’s Section 3 Policy, please read the Compliance Guidelines and Attachments.  

For information on how to complete outreach, please use the City of Long Beach HUD Best Efforts Submittal Package and see our HUD Section 3 Frequently Asked Questions.  

HUD Section 3 Certification

The City of Long Beach has a created a certification process for contractors and businesses that would like to be included in our HUD Section 3 database.  To be eligible for certification contractors must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Fifty-one percent of the business has to be owned by a resident of Los Angeles County/Orange County and who meet the income guidelines; or
  • 30% or more of your permanent workforce is comprised of residents who live in Los Angeles County/Orange County and who meets the income guidelines.

Contractors and businesses that are seeking certification can register and obtain HUD Section 3 certification through the City's online bid management system or by downloading the application

View a list of the HUD Section 3 certified businesses below.

Publishing Sources for HUD Section 3 Contracting Opportunities

Listed alphabetically below by category

Advertising Business Assistance Agencies, Minority Contractors Associations and/or Community Organizations

Publications that advertise opportunities for to obtain assistance to overcome limitations such as inability to obtain bonding, lines of credit, financing, or insurance

Agencies administering HUD Youthbuild programs or local chambers of commerce

Trade association papers/newsletters, local media, such as community television networks, newspapers of general circulation, and/or radio advertising

Unions - ask for Contractors that are signatories & Section 3 eligible

If your business qualifies for one of the above-referenced categories and you would like to be added to the list, please email us at:  LaborCompliance@longbeach.gov or call us at: (562) 570-6200.