Section 3 Program

Section 3 is a directive under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to boost local economic development, neighborhood improvement, and individual self-sufficiency.

Do I qualify?

Section 3 Business

  • Owned 51 percent or more by Section 3 residents OR
  • Employs Section 3 residents for at least 30 percent of its full-time staff OR
  • Provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract to Section 3 business concerns, 25 percent or more of the amount of the awarded contract

Section 3 Resident

  • Public housing resident OR
  • HCVP/Section 8 resident OR
  • Person who live in the City of Richmond with a household income below HUD low-income limits


Contact RRHA’s Section 3 Coordinator at (804) 780-3450 or

How are income limits determined for Section 3?

We use income limits developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which sets the low-income limits at 80% Area Median Income (AMI).

Household SizeGross Annual Income*
* Based on HUD’s 2020 low-income limits for Richmond, VA MSA – 80% Area Median Income (AMI).

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Bidding Opportunities

RRHA applies preferences on bids or proposals of Contractors who are Section 3-certified businesses.

View open solicitations on the Virginia Business Opportunity website at