Section 3

The Springfield Housing Authority is committed to providing quality housing and economic opportunities for our residents as well as other qualified low and very low income persons who permanently reside in Sangamon County.

The Section 3 program 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. Please see link below for more information from HUD on Section 3:

Hud Section 3

HUD considers public housing authorities to be in compliance with Section 3 if they meet the following minimum numerical goals:

  • 30% of the aggregate number of new hires shall be Section 3 residents (participants);
  • 10% of the total dollar amount of all covered construction contracts shall be awarded to Section 3 business concerns; and
  • 3% of the total dollar amount of all covered non-construction contracts shall be awarded to Section 3 business concerns.

Section 3 requirements apply to all contractors and vendors who receive awards from public housing authorities.

Contracting and Sub-contracting opportunities may be available for qualified businesses. Please contact the Section 3 Compliance Manager at 217-753-5757 ext. 315 to register your business or complete the Section 3 Business Concern Self Certification form.

Section 3 Program employment opportunities for individuals.

Applications are being accepted by the SHA for eligible persons interested in participating in the employment opportunities offered by the Section 3 program. Interested individuals should apply by contacting the Section 3 Compliance Manager at 217-753-5757 ext. 315 or click on the link Section 3 Resident Survey (Certification form) . The form can be completed on-line and emailed to or print the completed application and submit to the Administrative Office at 200 North Eleventh Street, Springfield, IL 62703.

As a requirement of participation in the Section 3 Program, all individuals must attend an orientation workshop conducted by the Springfield Housing Authority. Topics covered during the orientation will include an over view of the Section 3 program, anticipated projects and potential future employment opportunities. Workshops are held on a monthly basis and individuals will be contacted by mail for their orientation class.

Please note that filling out the Section 3 application form and participating in the Section 3 program does not guarantee employment.

As there are many steps to be approved as a Section 3 participant, employment may not happen immediately.

Your information may be given to contractors, subcontractors and other vendors seeking to meet their Section 3 hiring goals.

Job Opportunities:

To access current available job openings or to download a printable copy of our General Construction Employment Application for our upcoming construction projects, click here.

Training and Education Opportunities:

The Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) Program. This program provides short-term training for jobs currently available with area manufacturers:

  • Certified Production Technician,
  • Machine Operators,
  • Welders,
  • Mechatronics (Industrial Machinery Mechanics).

This training is at no cost and also provides guidance for choosing the career best suited to you; a chance to use your skills at a worksite while being paid; connections to full-time jobs; and assistance with transportation costs and equipment. Call 217-558-4256 or apply on-line at

Medical Care and Information Security professions. Fast growing healthcare employment opportunities in the fields of:

  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Technologist/Clinical Lab Scientist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Information Security Specialist

Seek out a higher education opportunity by visiting;;; Grants and scholarships may be available.

Start Your Own Business with the help of the Small Business Development Center. SBA’s District Offices are responsible for providing businesses with the tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. SBA's District Offices also oversee the delivery of SBA's programs throughout the states such as:

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE.
  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
  • Free consulting services through the network of Small Business Development Centers. SBDCs also conduct training events throughout the district - some require a nominal registration fee.
  • Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through the Minority Enterprise Development Program.
  • Women's Business Ownership Representatives are available to advise women business owners.

For more information, contact the Lincoln Land Community College Small Business Development Center at 217-544-7232 or SCORE at 217-793-5027.

Male Involvement Program provided by the Springfield Urban League is geared for males 18 and older, fathers and expectant fathers. The program will show participants how to improve their economic situation by supporting their children and boosting their relationship skills. Program services include case management, work readiness, GED, Nurturing Father’s Class, Marriage and Parenting Classes and Fiber Optics Training. Orientation is offered every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Lincoln Challenge Room at Springfield Urban League, 100 N. Eleventh Street, Springfield, IL. Contact Jennifer Sergent, Workplace Placement Specialist at 217-789-0830 ext. 1118 for more information.

Illinois WorkNet Center offers the Back to Work: A Job Search Learning Series, every Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 11:00. Participants of the Section 3 program must attend the 5 class workshop and receive a certificate of completion. For more information contact Valarie LeSeure at 217-558-4268.

There are several facilities that offer tutoring and testing in order to get the GED requirements completed. Contact either the Lawrence Education Center at 217-525-3025 or Lincoln Land Community College at 800-666-8325 to get started.