Compliance

Contractors and procured service providers must follow regulations set at the federal, state, and local levels. All needed compliance information can be found here. These standards are also reviewed in the Program Guidelines for each program.

Hiring and Labor Standards (DBRA, Section 3, MWSBE)

The Davis-Bacon and Related Act applies to all construction, alteration, and repair projects over $2,000 of public buildings or public works, where the United States or the District of Columbia is a party. Most projects funded by HCDD will also require compliance with Section 3 and Minority- and Women-Owned Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs) requirements.

Harvey Multifamily Program projects must also comply to new guidelines set through a collaboration with Gulf Coast AFL-CIO, Workers’ Defense Project, Texas Organizing Project, and HOME Coalition. New worker protections are detailed in the Harvey Multifamily Program guidelines or explained on the Worker Protections page.

Key Information and Forms:

Document NameDescription
Compliance Regulations: Davis Bacon, Section 3, and MWSBE Program Standards are specific to Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and other federal labor standards
Compliance Forms: Davis Bacon and Federal Labor Standards Standards and required forms specific to Davis-Bacon and Related Act and other federal labor standards
General Wage Determination Request Form for requesting a General Wage Determination
Compliance Forms: Section 3 and MWSBE Standards and required forms specific to Section 3 and MWSBE hiring standards
Section 3 Contractors Orientation Guide Policy and procedures for becoming part of the Section 3 program

Looking to hire Section 3 residents or business concerns? Visit our Resident or Business directories.

Looking to become certified as a Section 3 resident or business concern? Apply on our main website . More opportunities for technical training and opportunities can be found on our main website .

Looking to hire MWSBEs? Visit the Office of Business Opportunity online MWDBE directory database maintained by the Office of Business Opportunity .

For more information on Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, please visit:

 

Environmental Review

All federally funded projects must comply to a review process to measure the impact of the project on the surrounding areas and prevent environmental harm. Review of all projects consists of five stages: Initial Assessment, Feasibility Assessment, Execution of Project, Finalization of Documents, and Implementation and Ongoing Monitoring. The first two phases of this review must be completed by an Environmental Review Officer from the Department. During the third phase, the project must submit documentation.

For more information on federal requirements, refer to:

Relocation and Displacement (URA)

All projects that HCDD oversees must comply with the Uniform Relocation Assistance Act and Real Property Acquisition Policies of 1970 (URA). In cases where land acquisition, demolition, rehabilitation, and conversion of properties requires relocating or displacing residents, developers will need to comply with the URA.

Developers working with HCDD should refer to our URA Policy .

Residential Anti-Displacement & Relocation Assistance Plan (RARAP)

For information and resources about the URA, please refer to the following tables:

Resources

Acquisition

Document NameAvailable Languages
URA Assurance Letter - Rv1 – 12.2019English
Notice to Seller Rv1 12.2019 - EntitiesEnglish
Sellers Occupancy Certification Form Rv2 12.2019English
Foreclosed Residential Property Occupancy CertificationEnglish

Relocation

Application Phase

Document NameAvailable Languages
Guide to Develop a Relocation PlanEnglish
General Information Notice - Nonresidential Tenant Not DisplacedEnglish
General Information Notice - Nonresidential Tenant To Be DisplacedEnglish
General Information Notice - Residential Tenant Not DisplacedEnglish
General Information Notice - Residential Tenant To Be DisplacedEnglish
Move-In NoticeEnglish

City Council Approval / Closing Phase

URA Fact Sheets

Document NameAvailable Languages
Acquisition & Relocation of Residential TenantEnglish
Acquisition & Relocation of Business TenantEnglish
Residential Tenant File Inventory (Residential Tenant)English

HUD information Brochures

Document NameAvailable Languages
Relocation Assistance to Displaced Businesses, Nonprofit Organizations – HUD-1043-CPDEnglish | Spanish
Relocation Assistance to Tenant Displaced From Their Homes – HUD-1042-CPDEnglish | Spanish
Relocation Assistance to Tenants Displaced From Their Homes (Section 104(d))English | Spanish

If you have any questions concerning URA, please contact our URA section by calling 832-393-0550 to be connected to a staff member.

Building and Floodplain Management Standards

All projects completed by City of Houston Contractors must meet the standards of the relevant program being discussed. The key documents in this table can be filtered by applicable program.

DocumentProgram(s)Download
Minimum Property Standards for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, and New ConstructionHarvey Single Family Development Program; Harvey Homeowner Assistance ProgramView
Aging-In-Place StandardsHarvey Single Family Development Program; Harvey Homeowner Assistance ProgramView
HUD Single-Family Housing StandardsHarvey Single Family Development Program; Harvey Homeowner Assistance ProgramView
Single-Family Elevation Design StandardsHarvey Single Family Development Program; Harvey Homeowner Assistance ProgramView
Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos-Containing Materials RequirementsHarvey Single Family Development Program; Harvey Homeowner Assistance ProgramView
Single-Family Home Repair Construction SpecificationsHarvey Single Family Development Program; Harvey Homeowner Assistance ProgramView
City of Houston’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 19 – Flood PlainHarvey Single Family Development Program; Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program View

Multifamily (Resources for Property Managers)

To ensure that properties we fund provide affordable homes for the long-term, HCDD monitors rental housing projects for compliance with rental requirements during the affordability period (according to 24 CFR 92.252). Our administrators and inspectors conduct onsite monitoring annually to verify accuracy of rent and occupancy reports, review onsite records, and inspect the property and rental units to ensure continued compliance with applicable housing standards per 24 CFR 92.504(d).

For information and resources about these standards, please visit:

For verification of rent and occupancy, Property Managers will need to gather information from tenants using the below set of documents.

Document NameDescriptionDownload
2019 HOME Rent LimitsMaximum rents allowed for units funded through HOMEView
2019 HOME Income LimitsAccepted income levels of applicants to HOME unitsView
2020 Utility AllowancesAllowance for tenant-furnished utilities and other servicesView
Affidavit of UnemploymentStatement of unemployment, filled out by unemployed residentsView
Asset VerificationStatement of assets, filled out by residents who qualify for affordable unitsView
Certification of Zero IncomeStatement of zero income, filled out by residents with zero incomeView
Child Support AffidavitStatement verifying that residents are current on child support paymentsView
Child Support Verification (CDBG)Verification of child support income (submitted to Attorney General) for residents in CDBG-funded propertiesView
Employment VerificationVerification of tenants’ employment status, filled out by employed residentsView
Income ContributionStatement of contribution that resident will make to rentView
Intake Application (CDBG)Application for residents to live at CDBG-funded propertiesView
Intake Application (HOME)Application for residents to live at HOME-funded propertiesView
Lease Addendum – RevisedAddendum that must be added to all lease contracts supported by the City of HoustonView
Pension VerificationStatement of pension, to be filled out by residents receiving pension paymentsView
Rent Schedule (Blank)Rent schedule for propertyView
Social Security Benefit VerificationStatement verifying that resident receives Social Security paymentsView
Substandard Housing Complaint – Form 2Form for residents wishing to file a complaint about a propertyView
Sworn Assets (Under $5,000)Form documenting assets of households who have less than $5,000 in combined assetsView
Telephone VerificationForm verifying an acceptable form of contact via telephoneView
Tenant Income Certification (pages 1-4)Form documenting income that resident receives and will contribute to rentView
Tenant Release and ConsentForm for tenant to release information about employment, income, and assets for the purpose of verifying informationView
Verification of Business IncomeStatement verifying assets and income of a resident’s businessView
Veterans Benefit VerificationStatement verifying that resident receives Veterans BenefitsView

Single-Family Long-Term Monitoring

Participants in our Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program and our Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program must comply with the affordability period specified in their contracts. Some of our programs include a loan on the property for a duration outlined in their contract. To fulfill the terms of the contract, the homeowner must live in the home for the entire affordability period without selling, leasing, or transferring ownership of the property. At that point, a Release of Lien can be executed.

In the case that the homeowner decides to break the terms of the affordability period, they will need to repay the City some or all of their loan. For questions, please call us at 832-393-0550 and ask to speak to Loan Servicing.

Forms needed to be released from the loan can be found below:

Document NameApplicable toDescriptionDownload
Release of Lien RequestHomeownerForm for requesting a release from the City’s loan on the property, either at the end of the affordability period or when choosing to repay the City before the end of the affordability period.View
Payoff Statement RequestTitle CompanyForm for Title Company use only, to ask for payoff statement before the end of the affordability period.View
Payoff Statement RequestHomeownerForm for homeowner use only, to ask for payoff statement before the end of the affordability period.View
Subordination Agreement RequestTitle CompanyForm to use when changing terms of mortgage.View

Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act protects individuals and families from discrimination in the sale, rental, financing or advertising of housing based on their race, color, religion, family status, national origin, sex, or disability.

In the case of questions about rights of both tenants and landlords, please see this comprehensive guide . Upon request, we can also provide a hard copy of this booklet. To make a fair housing complaint, call our hotline at 832-394-6200, extension 5.