If you are interested in becoming a contractor for PHDC’s home preservation programs, please review the following minimum requirements.
- Three years in business under your existing corporate name
- Three years of experience in the trade for which you are applying
- $1,000,000 general liability insurance
- $1,000,000 automobile liability insurance
- Statutory limits of workers’ compensation insurance
- Current PA Home Improvement Contractor registration
- Current EPA Lead Safe Firm and Renovator certificates
- Current City of Philadelphia trade license
- Current City of Philadelphia Commercial Activity license
- No indebtedness to the City of Philadelphia for real estate taxes, water/sewer charges, business taxes or employer taxes
How do I Become a Certified Minority, Woman or Disabled Owner Contractor?
Although the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) no longer does certification, there is a list of certifying agencies recognized by the City of Philadelphia posted on its website at oeo.phila.gov After becoming certified with any of the listed organizations, contractors must then send their certification to OEO to be placed on its MBE/WBE/DSBE registry.
What Benefit is There at PHDC if I am a Certified Minority, Woman or Disabled Owner Contractor?
All contractors providing services through PHDC are subject to certain MBE/WBE/DSBE subcontracting, purchasing and hiring requirements. Prime contractors can only count minority, woman and disabled owned businesses that are certified and on the Office of Economic Opportunity’s registry towards those requirements. This creates a demand for such certified contractors. Compliance information can be found at https://ohcdphila.org/partner-with-dhcd/compliance/