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P.R. Dept. of Housing’s competitive bidding processes: Transparency, efficiencies at forefront


In the wake of natural disasters and ongoing challenges faced by communities across the United States, federal programs like the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) play a crucial role in supporting recovery, resilience, and long-term development efforts.

These funds, allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and managed locally by the Puerto Rico Department of Housing (PRDOH), are designed to address a wide range of needs, and promote sustainable growth in states and territories that have experienced significant disruptions.

CDBG-DR funds are instrumental in providing critical financial assistance to states recovering from disasters such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other emergencies. These funds help cover costs associated with housing rehabilitation, infrastructure repair, economic revitalization, and community development projects. By addressing immediate needs and supporting ongoing recovery efforts, CDBG-DR funds contribute significantly to rebuilding resilient communities.

On the other hand, CDBG-MIT funds focus on enhancing resilience and supporting mitigation efforts to reduce the impact of future disasters enabling states to invest in projects that strengthen infrastructure, improve drainage systems, enhance building codes, promote green infrastructure, and implement risk reduction strategies. By proactively addressing vulnerabilities and investing in resilient solutions, CDBG-MIT funds contribute to long-term disaster risk reduction and community sustainability.

To manage CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT allocations, PRDOH has published several Requests for Proposals (RFP) including the following, which are open for proposal submission:

Legal Consulting Services for Commercial Transactions and Construction Developments: PRDOH seeks to select law firms and/or counselors at law to provide legal services to the Investment Portfolio for Growth (IPG) Program, across the Economic Development Programs, and other CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT funded Programs.

Program Management Services for FEMA Match Programs: PRDOH seeks Program Management Services for FEMA Match Programs for the CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT Programs, under the current Action Plans and subsequent action plans, as well as for the future allocation of funds, including the Non-Federal Match Program (NFMP) and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

In the next few months, PRDOH will publish procurements related to:

  • Construction Services
  • Urban developments
  • GEO/RAD System Planning Vendor Services
  • PV Systems, Water Storage System Design, Acquisition, and Installation Services for specific communities
  • Services for Code Enforcement Activities
  • Planning Programs Vendors Services Providers

As the management agency of the funds, it is crucial for the PRDOH to contract all these services through a rigorous competitive process, because the agency recognizes that such practice is essential for implementing projects that lead to sustainable and long-term recovery, while promoting fair and open competition and full compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations. The aim of the PRDOH is to guarantee the selection of bidders that can provide cost-effective and high-quality solutions and thus assuring an efficient and transparent management of available financial resources.

For all these open RFPs, it is vital that participants have a Unique Entity Identifier number and are registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), preferably before submitting their proposal or begin the registration process immediately after proposal submission. Contracts will only be awarded to authorized entities that are not subject to suspensions, disqualifications, or restrictions imposed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Federal Government. 

Investments through CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT funds stimulate economic development by supporting small businesses, promoting workforce development programs, and attracting private investment in disaster-affected areas. By revitalizing local economies, creating employment opportunities, and fostering entrepreneurial activities, these funds contribute to the overall prosperity and well-being of communities and to building a resilient and thriving Puerto Rico.

For additional information on any of these RFPs, click here.

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