There are two key components to participating in the ACE Program.
First, an ACE Business apply to be in the ACE Business Directory. CMHA and its contractors use the Directory to identify business that might help them meet the 25% and 5% targets.
Second, when an ACE Business in the Directory is selected as a contractor or subcontractor, the business will need to seek formal ACE certification from CMHA. The certification process allows CMHA to confirm the business qualifies as an ACE Business. Once certified, CMHA can begin counting the ACE Business's labor hours towards the ACE targets. The certification is valid for six months. (Unfortunately, HUD regulations require CMHA to re-verify ACE eligibility if more than six months have passed since the last time the ACE Business was certified.)