Section 3 Job and Business Opportunities

​OHA is committed to ensuring that Section 3-eligible residents in Oakland are given access and opportunities for employment with the contractors and vendors who do business with OHA. The program is designed to promote economic investment in our local community and to facilitate the self-sufficiency of our residents. 


When vendors who contract with OHA have a need to add "new hires" to their workforce they are required to make a good faith effort to hire Section 3 applicants whenever possible. OHA's Family and Community Partnerships department (FCP) is dedicated to identifying and referring qualified workers who have the necessary skills or have been trained through various local job training programs. Residents should contact FCP for more information​.


In addition to hiring labor and staff for work contracted by OHA, vendors are encouraged to consider sub-contracting with Section 3 owned businesses. Many Section 3-​owned businesses would benefit from the opportunity to work on some of the larger OHA projects that are awarded to larger contractors/vendors. We also invite Section 3 businesses to apply and compete for open bid opportunities​ when available.

Definition of a Section 3 business

A Section 3 Business is defined as:

  • A business that is 51% (or more) owned by residents receiving​ rent subsidy or other low-income Oakland residents;
  • Whose permanent, full-time employees include persons, at least 30% of whom are currently Section 3 residents, or within three years of the date of first employment with the business concern were a Section 3 resident; or
  • Provides evidence of a commitment to subcontract to Section 3 business concerns, 25 % or more of the dollar amount of the awarded contract. 

For more information about the Section 3 requirement, contact Rufus Davis, Section 3 Compliance Officer.

For a copy of the Section 3 Available Workers List, contact the Workforce and Employment Development Coordinator at

Section 3 Forms (Confirm URL and then Move to box)

Section 3 Action Plan 

Section 3 Employment Referral Form​ (Resident Form)


More About Section 3

Section 3 of the Federal Housing Act of 1968 ( “Section 3”) requires that economic opportunities generated by certain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent  feasible, be given to low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of​ government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities for these persons. 


Regulations governing the implementation of Section 3 are contained in 24 CFR Part 135​


Pursuant to these statutory and regulatory requirements, the Oakland Housing Authority has incorporated the Economic Opportunities Policy into its Procurement Policy​ (See Exhibit B)​. 

For more information, please contact:

Rufus Davis, Labor and Section 3 Compliance Officer

1801 Harrison Street, 1st Floor

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 587-2176