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Housing Authority of New Orleans

  • HANO Section 3 Business Certification

SUMMARY

  • Certification Designation: Section 3 Business
  • Race Conscious: NO
  • Gender Conscious: NO
  • Re-Certification: Annual
  • Graduation: None
  • Approval Timeline: 10-Business Days
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: www.hano.org

OVERVIEW (Download PDF)

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 that helps foster local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment and contracting opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods. More information on the Section 3 program is included on the HUD Section 3 Business page of this site.

In order to meet the requirements of the Section 3 provision, the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) grants full certification up to one (1) year to Orleans Parish businesses that meet Section 3 business certification eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

Those businesses that qualify to receive a Section 3 Business Certification include:

  1. Business concerns that are 51% or more owned and controlled by residents of any HANO housing site or whose full-time permanent workforce includes 30% of HANO residents of any housing site; or
  2. HUD Youthbuild programs in Orleans Parish; or
  3. Business concerns that are 51% or more owned and controlled by HANO residents or are low or very low-income Orleans Parish residents or whose full-time permanent work force includes 30% HANO residents or low/very low-income Orleans Parish residents; and
  4. Businesses that subcontract in excess of 25% of the total amount of subcontracts to business concerns identified in the preferences above.

The Orleans Parish income limit table is included in the PDF above.

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Download and complete Section 5: Section 3 Business Certification Requirements included in HANO’s DBE Program Certification Application. Submit the application and supporting documents to HANO’s Section 3/DBE/WBE Office.  

The HANO DBE/WBE Certification application

The application is also available online at:

Agency contact information is included in the PDF Overview above.

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