Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Davis-Bacon Labor Standards

HUD-Community Planning & Development (CPD) Programs

Certain projects funded by HUD must comply with Fair Labor Standards. The Department of Labor (DOL.gov) has published rules and regulations concerning Davis-Bacon and other labor laws in the Code of Federal Regulations (DOL.gov). These regulations ensure that mechanics and laborers employed by construction work under federally-assisted contracts are paid wages and fringe benefits equal to those that prevail in the locality where the work is performed. Davis-Bacon wage rates apply to HUD-funded projects because of labor provisions contained in HUD’s “Related Acts” (HUD.gov) such as the U.S. Housing Act of 1937, the National Housing Act, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, and the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. More »

DOE ARRA Weatherization Assistance Program

TDHCA administers several significant programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). One of those programs, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), uses funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). WAP helps low-income households control their energy costs through education and installation of energy efficiency home improvements. The program goal is to reduce the energy cost burden of low income households through energy efficiency.

The use of ARRA funds in the Weatherization program requires compliance with the Davis Bacon Act and Related Laws (DBRA).  Under DBRA employers must pay prevailing wages to trades and laborers who work on houses funded by ARRA.  United States Department of Labor publishes the General Wage Determination, which dictates prevailing hourly wages for workers by States and Counties.  The General Wage Determination for the state of Texas is S2009TX001, Effective date 12/11/2009. More »