Doing Business with HCHA

The Harris County Housing Authority is pleased to do business with technically proficient and innovative companies. Our business partners offer comprehensive goods and services that benefit whole communities and residents in every corner of the county. Each contract awarded brings the Authority one step closer in executing its ambitious plan to reshape assisted housing, and HCHA continues to make and retain relationships with these contributors. As a public agency, all purchasing by HCHA must be performed in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 2 Part 200.

Compliance Requirements and Forms

HCHA encourages all contractors to employ low and very low income persons in accordance with its Section 3 Policy. The purpose of Section 3 is to make HUD-financed employment and economic opportunities available to low-income residents. Under HCHA’s Section 3 program, there are multiple requirements for every contract. Hiring and Contracting are both required under Section 3, and vendors cannot choose between the two. Section 3 does not apply to Supply & Delivery contracts. HCHA’s Section 3 requirements are outlined in HUD’s 24 CFR 135.
The Davis Bacon Act (DBA) requires the payment of appropriate prevailing wage rates for all Federal construction projects in excess of $2,000. The Department of Labor (DOL) determines the customary wage. A copy of the wage decision is included in each bid package. The goal of the Davis-Bacon Act is to protect the statutory rights of construction workers by ensuring they are being paid appropriately for HUD or HUD “Related Acts” construction projects. Failure to comply with Davis-Bacon regulation could lead to a breach of contract and debarment from further participation in HUD programs.
HCHA mandates that minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises have the maximum opportunity to participate in the execution of contracts financed in whole or in part with federal funds. Therefore, bidders, proposers or contractors and their subcontractors or suppliers must comply with HCHA’s MBE/WBE/DBE Policy to ensure these business enterprises can benefit through every contract with the Authority.


HCHA has multiple procurement and contract opportunities in accordance with federal regulations. Opportunities will be posted above when they become available.

HCHA is an equal-opportunity/affirmative-action organization that buys from technically and financially responsible business entities specializing in the following areas:

  • Construction & Engineering
  • Commodities, Work Services, Automotive & Heavy Equipment
  • Professional Services, Information Systems & Services
A Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Qualifications (RFQ) are formal statements of HCHA’s needs. They will describe in detail what goods or services are required and explain the procedures that must be followed to submit a response.
Bids and RFP’s/RFQ’s can be disqualified for the following reasons:

  • Returned late/after the bid opening day
  • Contains incomplete documents
  • Is missing required notary or original signatures
  • Is missing documents

Please note that this list is provided as a guide and is not all-inclusive.