Housing & Urban Development Grant Compliance
Bexar County administers grants issued by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).
The County's role in these projects is typically as a pass-through entity for municipalities and agencies. However, when a municipality or agency for whatever reason is unable to meet minimum procurement standards, the Bexar County Economic & Community Development Department will work in conjunction with the Bexar County Purchasing Department and the receiving municipality or agency.
HUD Small Business Policy Statement:
“It is the policy of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure nondiscrimination in federal procurement opportunities for small businesses and especially those small businesses owned by the disadvantaged (SDB), women (WOSB), service disabled veterans (SDVOSB), and those located in historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), or part of the 8(a) Business Development Program (8(a)). It is HUD policy to take affirmative steps to ensure inclusion of these businesses in HUD contracting. The Department recognizes that these businesses are of vital importance to job growth and economic strength of the country and that they have faced historic exclusion and underutilization in federal procurement. A successful and strong business community is an integral component of the Department's overall mission of job creation, community empowerment, and economic revitalization.”
§ 200.321 Contracting with small and minority businesses, women’s business enterprises, and labor surplus area firms.
a. The non-Federal entity must take all necessary affirmative steps to assure that minority businesses, women’s business enterprises, and labor surplus area firms are used when possible.
b. Affirmative steps must include:
- Placing qualified small and minority businesses and women’s business enterprises on solicitation lists;
- Assuring that small and minority businesses, and women’s business enterprises are solicited whenever they are potential sources;
- Dividing total requirements, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by small and minority businesses, and women’s business enterprises;
- Establishing delivery schedules, where the requirement permits, which encourage participation by small and minority businesses, and women’s business enterprises;
- Using the services and assistance, as appropriate, of such organizations as the Small Business Administration and the Minority Business Development Agency of the Department of Commerce; and
- Requiring the prime contractor, if subcontracts are to be let, to take the affirmative steps listed in paragraphs (1) through (5) of this section.