Resources for Contractors

NHCD utilizes qualified housing and/or HVAC contractors for the Housing Rehabilitation, architectural barrier removal, and sewage drain lateral lines. NHCD’s Construction Division also conducts HQS (Housing Quality Standards) and Lead Inspections as part of the DPA and home repair programs. The division also oversees home rehabilitation/repairs and all new construction that NHCD/AHFC funds.

Benefits to Contractors include a steady flow of work, clearly defined work specifications, guaranteed and timely payment for work is successfully completed.  Individual contracts generally average between $5,500 and $15,000.

Repair work may include roofing, electric, heating, plumbing, lead paint remediation, and weatherization.

If you are interested, please contact NHCD Client Services, by phone at 512-974-3100 or by email at NHCDCS@austintexas.gov.

Application Process
A full Notice of Funding Ability, along with Program Guidelines and Application are available on the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development website.  NOFA packets also may be obtained between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at the AHFC office at 1000 East 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Austin 78702.

Applications received will be reviewed and scored on a competitive basis according to organizational capacity and experience as well as published evaluation criteria for Program participation. To be considered, applications must be complete, contain all the required documentation and meet the minimum threshold criteria as stated in the Program Guidelines and Scoring Criteria. 

A non-mandatory pre-submittal meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on October 8 at the AHFC offices, 1000 East 11th Street, Suite 200A.  Sealed applications of one (1) original and four (4) copies are due prior to 3 pm on October 16, to the AHFC offices, 1000 East 11th Street, Suite 200. Direct questions to Alan Fish at 512-974-3188 or alan.fish@austintexas.gov

Contractor/Subcontractor Activity Reports
Contractor/Subcontractor Activity Reporting is applicable on federally-funded projects exceeding $10,000, but AHFC also requires it on non-federal contracts. Activity Reports provide information on businesses employed to work on a particular project.  The types of information collected include the type of trade, whether it is a minority- or woman-owned business, the ethnicity of the contractor, and the amount of the contract.

Contractor Insurance Requirements
Contractors must carry insurance for the duration of the contract and subsequent warranty period, including Worker’s Compensation, Employer’s Liability Coverage, Commercial General Liability Insurance, Business Automobile Liability Insurance, and Builders Risk Insurance.

For more information, refer to the Austin Housing Finance Corporation’s General Conditions Regarding Insurance.

Davis-Bacon Federal Labor Standards
Davis Bacon & Related Acts (DBRA) sets labor standards on federally-funded projects, specifying the minimum wage, requiring workers be paid weekly and  receive 1.5 times their hourly wage for any hours worked over 40 hours in a single week, and forbids unauthorized payroll deductions or kickbacks to employers.  Locally, a Labor Standards Officer (LSO) are appointed to projects to review weekly certified payrolls of contractors and subcontractors. 

The United States Department of Labor's page for Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) is: https://www.dol.gov/whd/govcontracts/dbra.htm

HUD Section 3 for Job Training, Employment
As a federal grantee, the City maintains Section 3 policies consistent with the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 for a competitive grant application process. NHCD is committed to providing job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low-income residents in connection with projects in excess of $200,000 or in excess of $100,000 for a subcontractor through its Section 3 Plan.

Helpful Links

HUD Section 3 – Economic Opportunities

HUD Section 3 – FAQ Sheet

Code of Federal Regulations 24 CFR Part 135 – Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very-Low Income Persons

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Section 3

Rent and Income Limits