The Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville, Texas (HACB) utilizes various types of contracts to ensure the best value.  The most common types of procurement contracts are the following:

Purchase Orders

Vendors are expected to faithfully fill orders in accordance with the terms and conditions, specifications and any applicable bid or proposal. Each invoice must reference the purchase order number.

Indefinite Quantity Term Contracts

The HACB has numerous indefinite quantity term contracts for commodities/services.  Some of these contracts contain a piggyback provision allowing other governmental entities to purchase commodities/services from the established pricing.  Each governmental entity will order its own material/services as needed.

Inter-local Agreements

Inter-local agreements are contracts the HACB utilizes with other governmental entities to provide commodities/services.  For further information regarding inter-local agreements, please see Government Code 791, which allows local governments to contract to the greatest possible extent with one another and with agencies of the state.  Specific inter-local agreements are designated for a specific type of commodity and/or service.

Cooperative Contracts

Texas Local Government Code statutorily authorizes local governments to participate in cooperative purchasing programs, which allows the local government to purchase from a contract currently existing between another local government and a vendor, which fully satisfies the statutory competitive bid requirements.