In addition to relocation advisory services, residential displaced persons may be eligible for other relocation assistance including relocation payments for moving expenses and replacement housing payments for the increased costs of renting or purchasing a comparable replacement dwelling.
What types of moving payment options are available to residential displaced persons?
The URA provides the following moving payment options:
- Payment for the actual, reasonable moving costs and related expenses, or
- Payment based on a fixed schedule
- Or a combination of both based on circumstances
In cases where a displaced person's move is performed by the agency at no cost to the person, the displaced person should receive a $100 expense and dislocation allowance.
What types replacement housing payments are available to residential displaced persons?
The URA provides for different replacement housing payments (RHP) based on a displaced person's occupancy status and length of occupancy. Tenant occupants may be eligible for a rental assistance payment to supplement the costs of leasing a comparable replacement dwelling, or downpayment assistance payment to purchase a replacement dwelling. Owner occupants may be eligible for a price differential payment, mortgage interest differential payment, or incidental payments to supplement the costs of purchasing a comparable replacement dwelling.
- For tenant occupants of 90 days or more
A rental assistance payment is based on the difference, if any, between the cost of the monthly rent and utilities of the displacement dwelling and a comparable decent, safe, and sanitary replacement dwelling, as determined by the agency. The URA established a 42 month period for supplementing this payment difference, for a total amount up to $5,250. (Please see Housing of Last Resort for additional information).
It is important to note that a rental assistance payment should be based on income for low-income persons. (Please see 49 CFR 24.402(b) and FHWA's Low Income Calculations for additional information.)
Furthermore, tenant occupants may be eligible to use their rental assistance payment as a downpayment for the purchase of a replacement dwelling.
- For owner occupants of 180 days or more
A price differential payment is based on the difference, if any, between the acquisition price of the acquired dwelling and the purchase price of a comparable decent, safe, and sanitary replacement dwelling, as determined by the agency. The URA established a maximum amount of $22,500 for a RHP for 180 day owner occupants (Please see Housing of Last Resort in this training module for additional information).
- For owner occupants of 90 to 180 days
Short-term owners may be eligible for similar assistance as tenant occupants listed above.
Where can you go to find more information on moving expense payments?
You should consult 49 CFR 24.301-.302 and Chapter 3 of HUD Handbook 1378 for more guidance.
Where can you go to find more information on replacement housing payments?
You should consult 49 CFR 24.401-.404 and Chapter 3 of HUD Handbook 1378 for more guidance.