Office of Economic Opportunities

Hampton Roads Section 3 Compliance Resources


Section 3 Plan

2011 Contract Projections

Section 3 Fact Sheet

Section 3 Business Directory

Section 3 Business Certification


What is Section 3?
Section 3 is a means by which HUD fosters local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. Section 3 is the legal basis for providing jobs for residents and awarding contracts to businesses in areas receiving certain types of HUD financial assistance.

Our Goals

To strengthen the economic parity of Section 3 residents, Section 3 certified, minorities and Women contractors.

To maximize competition and reach optimal diversity in procurement with NRHA.


Our Objectives

Develop and implement comprehensive, integrated strategies that promote economic opportunities, awareness and inclusion for our Section 3 constituents, minorities and women in business.

Facilitate favorable conditions to enhance the capacity for Section 3, minority and woman owned contractors to do business with NRHA.



Consistent with Presidential Executive Orders 11625, 12135 and 12432 and Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Act of 1968 and Executive Order 29 of the Commonwealth of Virginia, NRHA has developed a wide-range plan for outreach, education, training and marketing to support our Section 3 residents, Section 3 certified businesses and Disadvantage Business Enterprise goals. 

The cusp of our outreach efforts are competition and diversity. We endeavor to educate the business community on how NRHA (the Authority) does business, stimulate broad interest and optimize competition and diversity in procurement. The Office of Economic Opportunities disseminates valuable “how to” information and forecasts economic opportunities to help eliminate the intimidation factor for Section 3 and MWBE contractors and businesses. We also seek to generate greater enthusiasm for other contractors and businesses as well.

We endeavor to:

  • Support participation of Section 3 and MWBE businesses and increase their procurement opportunities generated by the Authority and its revitalization projects.
  • Conduct concerted outreach including education, training, and marketing to the Section 3 and MWBE business communities.
  • Conduct concerted outreach to educate developers and prime contractors with regard to Section 3 mandates and NRHA requirements.
  • Establish interdepartmental policies and procurement procedures to support Section 3 compliance and outreach to MWBE contrators and businesses.
  • Coordinate referrals for employment, training and contracting opportunities.
  • Monitor contractors’ performance and compliance to ensure their contractual obligations are met in accordance with the procurement policies and regulations promulgated by NRHA, HUD and the Virginia Commonwealth.

Certificate of Compliance - Section 3

Section 3 Forms


Other Business Resources:

Virginia Department of Business Assistance

Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise

DBE and SWAM Certifications

Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

Federal 8a Assessment and Certification Tool

Virginia Beach Minority Business Council

Small Business Development Center

Center for Community Development 

NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)

Builders and Contractors Exchange

 Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation (VHCDC)

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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION - NRHA provides equal housing and employment opportunities for all persons. NRHA does not discriminate against any applicant, resident or employee on the basis of disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, familial status or national origin in the admission, access or operations of programs, services or activities. NRHA complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. An internal grievance procedure is available to resolve complaints. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint of discrimination  by calling toll free (888) 799-2085. Qualified individuals who need communication aids, services or other accommodations to participate in programs and activities are invited to make your needs known to the 504/ADA Coordinator, Kim Thomas (757) 623-1111. Please give NRHA at least seven to ten days advance notice to meet your needs