MHA does not make all purchases by the bid method. Some purchases, mainly for professional services (architectural, legal, consulting, etc.) are made by use of a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Qualifications (RFQ). In both cases, the selection criteria will be stated in the RFP or RFQ.

Price is always a part of the selection criteria in an RFP or RFQ. However, unlike a bid, there are other qualifications such as relevant experience and qualifications to do the work. Contract award is made on the best combination of price and qualifications.

All RFPs and RFQs above $100,000 are publicly advertised, as well as posted in special trade papers, minority newspapers, and websites that cater to that particular specialty. In addition, MHA refers to its vendor director for all RFPs and RFQs, regardless of size. Recent professional services procurements by the RFP method have resulted in contracts with MBE and WBE firms for architectural and legal services, and financial consulting.