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Section 3 jobs

Section 3 jobs

The Seattle Housing Authority is committed to offering job opportunities for public housing residents or others who meet the income limits defined in Section 3 of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The program  helps low-income residents gain the skills and jobs needed to become self-sufficient. In addition it provides opportunities for qualified, low-income business owners to receive preference in bidding on HUD-funded contracts.

Over 40 percent of SHA staff members were originally hired while Section 3 Residents. SHA occasionally receive grants specifically for Section 3 resident jobs, so be sure to watch our Job Opportunities page for openings. If you qualify as a Section 3 Resident, please note your eligibility at the time you apply for a job.

What is Section 3?

The HUD Act of 1968 - Section 3 is a means by which HUD, helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. 

Under the law, wherever HUD financial assistance is expended for housing or community development, to the greatest extent feasible, economic opportunities will be given to Section 3 residents in that area.

You may qualify as a Section 3 Resident.If you live in government-assisted housing OR if your household income falls below HUD's household income guidelines, 

Who are Section 3 residents?

• Public housing residents 

• Low and very-low income persons who live in the metropolitan area or non-metropolitan county where a HUD-assisted project for housing or community development is located.

Determining Income Levels

• Low income is defined as 80% or below the median income of that area 

• Very low income is defined as 50% or below the median income of that area. 

• For current local median income information, please click here.

SHA takes pride in its diverse workforce, and is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. 

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, no employee or qualified person applying for employment will be discriminated against in our employment programs and services because of a disability.  Please give us at least 24 hours advanced notice (when possible) if you require any disability accommodation.

Programs Covered

Created by the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, Section 3 applies to public and Indian housing programs, housing and community development programs, and other Federal and HUD assistance.

Under Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968, wherever HUD financial assistance is expended for housing or community development, to the greatest extent feasible, economic opportunities will be given to Section 3 residents in that area.

Congress established the Section 3 policy to guarantee that employment and other economic opportunities created by Federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs should, if possible, be directed toward low- and very-low income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing.