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Posted on: January 29, 2024

Minority, Women, & Section 3 Business Concerns


York County and York City, Pennsylvania, are participating in the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Programs. In administering these programs, the County and City have established a policy to encourage the use of minority/women and Section 3 owned businesses in CDBG and HOME assisted projects. In order to implement this policy, a list of minority/women and Section 3 owned businesses that are willing; can feasibly perform service, supply, and construction contracts in York County and York City; and meets one of the following definitions as a minority or female business, is prepared annually:

  • A female owned business concern - a business that is at least 51% owned by a woman or women who also contract and operate it; or
  • A minority owned business concern - a business that is at least 51% owned by a person or persons who certify they are U. S. Citizens and are Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians) or Asian-Pacific Americans (origins from Japan, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, U. S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, Northern Marianas, Laos, Cambodia or Taiwan)

To be included on the listing as a Section 3 business it must meet one of the following definitions:

  • It is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by low- or very low-income persons; or
  • Over 75 percent of the labor hours performed for the business over the prior three-month period are performed by Section 3 workers, or It is a business at least 51 percent owned and controlled by current public housing residents or residents who currently live in Section 8-assisted housing or
  • Section 3 worker means: Any worker who currently fits or when hired within the past five years fit at least one of the following categories: The worker's income for the previous or annualized calendar year is below the income limit established by HUD or is employed by a Section 3 business concern or is a Youth-Build participant.

Any firm meeting the above criteria is invited to submit a letter or email outlining the firm's qualifications as an MBE/WBE or Section 3 owned business and its specialty should be submitted to the following address no later than March 15, 2024:

Nichol Eisenhart, Project Compliance Specialist 

York County Planning Commission

28 East Market Street, York PA 17401-1580

If a firm or person has any questions, please contact Ms. Eisenhart, at (717) 771-9870 X 1730 email or visit

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