Section 3 Employment Information
Section 3 is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandate that requires employment and other economic opportunities generated by federal assistance to public housing authorities to be directed, whenever possible, to public housing residents and other low and very low income residents. In addition to Section 3 employment, NYCHA created the Resident Employment Program (REP), which requires that 15 percent of the labor amount of NYCHA construction contracts greater than $500,000 be spent on resident hiring.
To access Section 3 job opportunities, you should have the necessary certifications to perform the work on the job site. At a minimum, most construction sites require employees to complete the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Course, which provides an introduction to OSHA standards and requirements. Priority will be given to NYCHA residents who reside in the NYCHA development where Section 3 covered assistance is being provided.
To learn more about Section 3 and REP employment opportunities and eligibility, please note the following:
- Residents must complete this registration form or attend a REES Information Session. You can make an appointment for the REES Information Session online or by calling the REES Hotline at 718.289.8100.
- Residents will undergo an assessment of their skills, interests and qualifications.
- Residents who lack the necessary experience or certifications can access other training or economic opportunities, such as the NYCHA Resident Training Academy and trainings with NYCHA partner organizations.
Once Section 3/REP jobs become available, REES staff matches qualified candidates with the opportunities and provides referrals to contractors for interviews. For each available opportunity, REES will refer at least two qualified NYCHA residents. The contractor may select the candidate who is the best fit for the available job.
To review frequently asked questions on Section 3, visit the NYCHA website.