Surprise Partnership for Members Bring Contract Opportunities

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NAMC is a consortium partner with the City of Houston’s Housing and Urban Development Department.

What does that mean for our members? CONTRACTS!

After a brief certification process (in as little at 3 days in some cases), our members have had opportunities from HVAC, general construction, painting, drywall and electrical to name a few. Additionally, a couple of members have been awarded Prime-contracting opportunities.

Millions of dollars have been awarded and millions more to come as this program works to ensure success for its partners and others in the area of housing.

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What is 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. Section 3 is a starting point for people with low- or very-low incomes to obtain job training, employment and contracting opportunities.

Who are Section 3 residents?

Section 3 residents are:

  • Houston Housing Authority public housing residents or
  • Persons who live in the City of Houston and who have a household income that falls below HUD’s area median family income limits.

Determining Income Levels

  • Low income is defined as 80% or below the area median family income for Houston.
  • Very low income is defined as 50% or below the area median family income for Houston

What is a Section 3 business concern?

A business that:

  • Is 51 percent or more owned by Section 3 residents;
  • Employs Section 3 residents for at least 30 percent of its full-time, permanent staff; or
  • Provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract to Section 3 business concerns, 25 percent or more of the dollar amount of the awarded contract.
    • What programs are covered?

      Section 3 applies to HUD-funded Public and Indian Housing assistance for development, operating, and modernization expenditures.

      Section 3 also applies to certain HUD-funded Housing and Community Development projects that complete housing rehabilitation, housing construction, and other public construction.

      If you have any questions about Section 3, please contact Karen Franklin at (713) 868-8300:

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