Residential Antidisplacement And Relocation Assistance Plan

CITY OF READING’S

RESIDENTIAL ANTIDISPLACEMENT AND‌

RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PLAN

 

This Residential Antidisplacement and Relocation Assistance Plan (RARAP) is prepared by the City of Reading in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended; and HUD regulations at 24 CFR 42.325 and is applicable to our CDBG1and/or HOME-assisted projects.

 

Minimize Displacement

 

Consistent with the goals and objectives of activities assisted under the Act, the City of Reading will take the following steps to minimize the direct and indirect displacement of persons from their homes:

 

  • Coordinate code enforcement with rehabilitation and housing assistance programs.

     

  • Stage rehabilitation of apartment units to allow tenants to remain in the building/complex during and after the rehabilitation, working with empty units first.

     

  • Arrange for facilities to house persons who must be relocated temporarily during rehabilitation.

     

  • Adopt policies to identify and mitigate displacement resulting from intensive public investment in neighborhoods.

     

  • Adopt policies which provide reasonable protections for tenants faced with conversion to a condominium or cooperative.

     

  • Adopt tax assessment policies, such as deferred tax payment plans, to reduce impact of increasing property tax assessments on lower income owner-occupants or tenants in revitalizing areas.

 

1 CDBG programs include: Entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, State CDBG Program, CDBG Small Cities Program, Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program, CDBG Special Purpose Grants Program, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

 

  • Where feasible, give priority to rehabilitation of housing, as opposed to demolition, to avoid displacement.

     

  • If feasible, demolish or convert only dwelling units that are not occupied or vacant occupiable dwelling units (especially those units which are “lower-income dwelling units” (as defined in 24 CFR 42.305).

     

  • Target only those properties deemed essential to the need or success of the project.

 

Relocation Assistance to Displaced Persons

 

The City of Reading will provide relocation assistance for lower-income tenants who, in connection with an activity assisted under the [CDBG and/or HOME] Program[s], move permanently or move personal property from real property as a direct result of the demolition of any dwelling unit or the conversion of a lower-income dwelling unit in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR 42.350. A displaced person who is not a lower-income tenant, will be provided relocation assistance in accordance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, and implementing regulations at 49 CFR Part 24.

 

One-for-One Replacement of Lower-Income Dwelling Units

 

The City of Reading will replace all occupied and vacant occupiable lower-income dwelling units demolished or converted to a use other than lower-income housing in connection with a project assisted with funds provided under the [CDBG and/or HOME] Program[s] in accordance with 24 CFR 42.375.

 

Before entering into a contract committing the City of Reading to provide funds for a project that will directly result in demolition or conversion of lower-income dwelling units, the City of Reading will make public by Public Notice in the Reading Eagle Newspaper and submit to HUD [or the State, under the State CDBG and/or HOME Program(s)] the following information in writing:

 

  1. A description of the proposed assisted project;

     

  2. The address, number of bedrooms, and location on a map of lower-income dwelling units that will be demolished or converted to a use other than as lower- income dwelling units as a result of an assisted project;

     

  3. A time schedule for the commencement and completion of the demolition or conversion;

  4. To the extent known, the address, number of lower-income dwelling units by size (number of bedrooms) and location on a map of the replacement lower-income housing that has been or will be provided.

     

  5. The source of funding and a time schedule for the provision of the replacement dwelling units;

     

  6. The basis for concluding that each replacement dwelling unit will remain a lower- income dwelling unit for at least 10 years from the date of initial occupancy; and

     

  7. Information demonstrating that any proposed replacement of lower-income dwelling units with smaller dwelling units (e.g., a 2-bedroom unit with two 1- bedroom units), or any proposed replacement of efficiency or single-room occupancy (SRO) units with units of a different size, is appropriate and consistent with the housing needs and priorities identified in the HUD-approved Consolidated Plan and 24 CFR 42.375(b).

 

To the extent that the specific location of the replacement dwelling units and other data in items 4 through 7 are not available at the time of the general submission, the City of Reading will identify the general location of such dwelling units on a map and complete the disclosure and submission requirements as soon as the specific data is available.

 

Replacement not Required Based on Unit Availability

 

Under 24 CFR 42.375(d), the City of Reading may submit a request to HUD (or to the State, if funded by the State) for a determination that the one-for-one replacement requirement does not apply based on objective data that there is an adequate supply of vacant lower- income dwelling units in standard condition available on a non- discriminatory basis within the area.

 

Contacts

 

The Community Development Department: 610.655.6211 is responsible for tracking the replacement of lower income dwelling units and ensuring that they are provided within the required period.

 

The Community Development Department: 610.655.6211 is responsible for providing relocation payments and other relocation assistance to any lower-income person displaced by the demolition of any dwelling unit or the conversion of lower-income dwelling units to another use.