Section 3 Business Concern Information

List of Section 3 Business Concerns
Please see below on how to register as a Section 3 Business Concern

What Is a Section 3 Resident?

A Section 3 resident is:

  • A public housing resident OR
  • A low- or very low-income person, residing in the metropolitan area.
    Low income or Very low-income persons are defined as families whose incomes do not respectively exceed 80% or 50% of the median income (varies by household size) for the area (see chart below).

What Is A Section 3 Businesses Concern?

A Section 3 Business Concern is a business:

  • That is at least 51% or more owned by Section 3 residents, or
  • Whose permanent full-time employees include persons, at least 30% of whom are currently Section 3 residents, or within 3 years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 residents, or
  • That provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract in excess of 25% of the dollar award of all subcontracts to be awarded to business concerns that meet the qualifications in either of the two preceding bullet points.

What Is A Registered Section 3 Business Concern?

  • A Registered Section 3 Business Concern is a Section 3 Business Concern that has registered with NYCHA, through the submission of this completed Self-Certification Form.
  • Please be advised that by registering as a “Section 3 Business Concern,” your business and the information provided herein will be added to a publicly accessible database of NYCHA recognized Section 3 Businesses Concerns that NYCHA and/or its contractors/vendors can access to fulfill the Section 3 Business Concern provisions in NYCHA’s contracts with its contractors/vendors. By registering as a Section 3 Business Concern your business may be subject to audits including by NYCHA and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • While registering as a Section 3 Business Concern may give your business certain preferences, such registration is not a guarantee of any such preferences or that your business will be awarded any contracts or subcontracts by NYCHA or its contractors/vendors.
  • This registration will be effective for three years from the date that your business is posted in the publicly accessible database identified above. NYCHA, however, reserves the right to request your business to re-register as a Section 3 Business Concern at any time. Failure to re-register as a Section 3 Business Concern, either after the expiration of the three year period or upon NYCHA’s request, will ultimately result in the removal of your business from the database.

Use the chart below to check if you and or your workforce qualify as low-income status.

2020 Low-Income Calculations for New York Metro Area*

Area Median Income


FY 2020 Income Limit Category 1 person household


2 person household 3 person household


4 person household


5 person household


6 person household


7 person household


8 person household




Low Income (80% AMI)


















Very Low Income (50% AMI)


















Extremely Low Income (30% AMI)


















*The New York, NY HUD Metro FMR Area is comprised of the following counties: Bronx County, New York; Kings County, New York; New York County, New York; Putnam County, New York; Queens County, New York; Richmond County, New York; Rockland County**, New York; and Westchester County**, New York.

How can I Register as Section 3 Business Concern and Do Business with NYCHA?

1. If your company has never done business with NYCHA, you must first register your
      company with NYCHA through iSupplier. Click here for New Registration.
      a. After you register in iSupplier, please complete the Section 3 Business Concern
                Registration when you log in.

2. If you have previously done business with NYCHA, click here to register as a Section 3
       Business Concern.

What is the Section 3 Business Registry?

The Section 3 Business Registry is a listing of firms that have self-certified that they meet one of the regulatory definitions of a Section 3 business. This publically published list can be used by agencies that receive HUD funds, developers, contractors, and others to facilitate the award of certain HUD-funded contracts.

This registry is a helpful tool to assist recipients of HUD funding (e.g., Public Housing Agencies, local units of government, property owners, etc), developers, and others locate Section 3 businesses within their community. It also enables HUD grantees to meet their Section 3 obligations by reducing some of the burden associated with locating eligible businesses.

It is important to note that Section 3 businesses are not entitled to receive contracts simply by being listed in NYCHA’s Self-Certified Section 3 Business Concerns Registry database. Eligible businesses may need to demonstrate that they are responsible and have the ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of proposed contracts. While NYCHA maintains the Business Registry database, it has not verified the information submitted by the businesses and does not endorse the services they provide. Accordingly, it is recommended that users perform due diligence before awarding contracts to firms that have self-certified on this registry by ensuring that they meet the definition of a Section3 business concern as defined above.

List of Section 3 Business Concerns