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Relocation Retrospective Study

  • 1996-09-01

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  • English

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      The Federal Highway Administration contracted with O.R. Colan Associates, Inc. in 1995 to carry out a post relocation study of all types of displacees in various parts of the country. The purpose of the study was to review current policy and practices to identify areas in the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 and the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act 1987 (STURAA) which might require change or review. The three areas of relocation under study were businesses, residential owners and residential tenants. The results would provide justification for future legislation, changes in the regulations, or a basis for changes in policy and/or additional policy guidance. Some of the specific concerns of the study were to discover if displacees were adequately compensated for relocation costs, if they felt they were treated fairly and if they received the advisory services they required. In general displacees felt they had been treated fairly although there were discrepancies in both relocation claims and advisory services that could be improved or remedied. Residential owners and tenants would benefit from modifications in the type of advisory services they receive but overall, appear to be well served monetarily. Business owners, on the other hand, could use more financial assistance than is currently provided. The following report is based on interviews with 39 residential owners, 34 residential tenants and 88 business owners. A total of 161 displacees were interviewed by 4 researchers over a period of six months and provide a sample of displacee’s experiences in various parts of the United States. The report will discuss the findings and results of interviews with residential owners, tenant and business displacees. The data is derived primarily from the interviews carried out for the purposes of this study. However, additional material has been incorporated from a recent study of displaced tenants from two mobile home parks (Sugg, 1996).
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