Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Seattle Housing Authority strongly encourages the participation of small businesses, HUD Section 3 businesses, veteran-owned business as well as minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (WMBE).
If you have questions about the processes or requirements for these types of businesses, contact Jena Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.615.3473.
- A small business means a business concern, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not an affiliate or subsidiary of a business dominant in its field of operation, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards in 13 CFR 121.
- A business is also considered small according to the Small Business Administration's established guidelines.
A business can be Section 3 certified if it meets one of three criteria:
- It is owned 51 percent or more by Section 3 qualified persons
- 30 percent or more of the permanent, full-time employees of the business are Section 3 eligible persons
- The business can provide evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25 percent of the amount of all subcontracts to other Section 3 certified businesses.
A Section 3 eligible person must be
- a City of Seattle Housing Authority public housing resident;
- or live in the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) covering King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties, and, meet or fall below the income levels outlined in SHA's Section 3 business certification form.
Please complete the relevant forms below:
- Section 3 Business Certification and Resident Employment Plan Form
- Individual Affidavit of Income - English
- Individual Affidavit of Income - Spanish
To learn more about becoming certified as a Section 3 business, contact Samuel Pierce at email@example.com or 206.913.9227.
SHA has certified several firms on Section 3 businesses in the areas of consulting services, janitorial services and construction. View a list of these Section 3 firms .
If there are subcontracting opportunities on a Seattle Housing project you are interested in participating on, the agency encourages you to review this list for outreach and potential participation purposes.
While SHA encourages qualified firms to seek certification as a Minority Business Enterprise or a Women's Business Enterprise from the Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, the agency recognizes self-certified businesses.
SHA encourages participation of Veteran-owned businesses in its procurement opportunities. Our procurement policy and outreach efforts ensure that these businesses have equal opportunity to compete for and do business with the SHA