HUD Video Explains the Uniform Relocation Act

HUD offers a brief animated video that provides an overview of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act (URA). The URA provides important protections and assistance for people affected by the acquisition, rehabilitation, or demolition of real estate property for federal or federally funded projects. The URA was enacted by Congress to ensure that people whose property is acquired, or who have to move as a direct result of projects receiving federal funds, are treated fairly and receive moving assistance.

Advocates should also be aware that there is a non-URA provision that can often be more beneficial to tenants displaced by CDBG or HOME activities. The provision is called “Section 104(d),” often referred to as the “Barney Frank Amendment” because former U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) secured its passage to minimize displacement and better compensate residents displaced by CDBG and HOME activities. Jurisdictions, and even HUD, often seem to dismiss Section 104(d) because it may result in an increased expense related to more adequately compensating residents for displacement.

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Additional URA information and resources are at: HUD's Real Estate Acquisition and Relocation website.