Community Development
Community Development
Section 3 Program


Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 [12 U.S.C. 1701u] requires that employment and economic opportunities generated by construction projects funded through CDBG and other HUD programs, shall, to the greatest extent possible and consistent with existing Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, be directed to low and very low-income persons and to business concerns providing economic opportunities to low and very low-income persons.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted the County’s Section 3 Affirmative Action policy in February 1988 that applies to all of the County’s CDBG/HUD-funded projects. 

The Economic Development Agency is in the process of establishing a list of individuals that have certified themselves to be Section 3 eligible. In order to be an eligible Section 3 Resident, an individual must: be a resident of a Public Housing unit owned by the Housing Authority of Riverside County; or be a low or very-low income persons residing in the area of the CDBG/HUD-funded project; and be interested in seeking employment on CDBG/HUD-funded construction projects.

The Economic Development Agency is also in the process of establishing a list of Section 3 eligible businesses to be used by general contractors when procuring the services of qualified subcontractors to work on CDBG/HUD-funded construction projects.

HUD defines a Section 3 Business Concern as:

  • A Business that is 51% owned by Section 3 eligible residents; or
  • A Business where at least 30% of the permanent, full-time employees are Section 3 Residents, or within 3 years of the date of first employment with the business concern were Section 3 Residents; or
  • A Business 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 as set forth in part 1 and 2 above.

Program Briefing


Prospective Bidders for construction projects funded with Riverside County CDBG:

All persons proposing to bid on a CDBG-funded project of $100,000 or more and that will require the use of subcontractors to complete the project, must consider and evaluate all qualified subcontractors on the County’s Certified Section 3 Subcontractors List prior to submitting bids. However, bidders are not mandated to hire any subcontractors on the County’s Certified Section 3 Subcontractors List, but they are required to provide all qualified subcontractors fair consideration. To obtain a current listing of Section 3 subcontractors, please contact Melissa Valdivia at or (951)955-8916.

Persons/Firms awarded CDBG-funded contracts of $100,000 or more:

All contractors, and any subcontractors, that will require the hiring of persons for construction trades to complete the CDBG-funded project, must consider and evaluate qualified low/moderate income persons that reside in Riverside County prior to filling these positions. A contractor or subcontractor can meet this obligation by the following:

  • Evaluating/interviewing persons on the County’s Certified Section 3 Resident List. For a current list, contact Melissa Valdivia at or (951)955-8916.
  • Evaluating/interviewing interested Public Housing residents of the Housing Authority of Riverside County. Contact Anita Rhodes at or (951) 343-5403.
  • Evaluate/interview qualified candidates from the Workforce Development Center of Riverside County. Contact the WDC at or (951) 955-3100.

Request for Certification

Individuals and businesses may apply to the County of Riverside for Section 3 certification. Please see the attached forms and instructions:



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