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PHADA Comments on Proposed Rule Updating Uniform Relocation Act Regulations

David Weber, PHADA Policy Analyst

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs. Also known as the Uniform Relocation Act, the Uniform Act, or the URA, the original Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 provides important protection and assistance for people affected by federally funded projects. Congress enacted this law to ensure that people whose real property is acquired, or who have to move as a result of a project receiving federal funds, are treated fairly and equitably and receive just compensation for, and assistance in moving from the property they occupy. The government wide regulation implanting the Uniform Act is at Title 49 CFR part 24.

Although promulgated by the Department of Transportation, the rule applies to all federal agencies and their grantees, recipients and subrecipients – including HUD and HUD grantees such as public housing authorities and state and local governments. Programs and projects funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnership program (HOME) are also subject to the slightly different requirements of Section 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act. Other HUD programs, such as the Choice Neighborhood Initiative, have additional requirements related to displacement and relocation.

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