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Voluntary Acquisitions under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970


[1] 50 FR 8953, March 5, 1985.

[2] Federal Register. January 1, 2005. Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally-Assisted Programs; Final Rule. 70 (2).

[3] 49 CFR Part 24: Uniform Relocation Assistance And Real Property Acquisition For Federal And Federally-Assisted Programs.

[4] HUD. Real Estate Acquisition and Relocation Website.

[5] HUD’s guideforms are available at

[6] One of the Federal stakeholders indicated that for programs that provide homeowner assistance to low- to moderate-income households, sub-grantees are experiencing significant difficulties in complying with the voluntary acquisition provisions of 49 CFR Part 24. As a result of the issues raised by the stakeholder agency, its legal counsel and FHWA’s legal counsel will enter into discussions to evaluate the circumstances of those certain programs. Following those discussions, FHWA may develop some new guidance or information regarding the applicability of the URA to certain kinds of programs/projects, if warranted.

[7] FHWA. Uniform Act Frequently Asked Questions. January 4, 2005.


The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, prepared this report for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Real Estate Services (HEPR). Sharon Chan Edmiston of the Volpe Center's Program Organizational Performance Division led the project team, which included Gina Filosa, also of the Program Organizational Performance Division. Richard Moeller of O.R. Colan Associates also contributed. The study was funded by the FHWA's Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty's Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP).

The Volpe Center project team wishes to thank the numerous stakeholders who contributed their time and invaluable insights in completing this research, including staff from the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Housing Urban and Development, National Park Service, U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers, Texas and Oregon Departments of Transportation, City of Los Angeles Housing Department, and the Portland Development Commission. Their commitment to the topics in this report greatly assisted the FHWA and Volpe Center's effort.

The project team would also like to thank John (Mike) Jones and Virginia Tsu of HEPR for their guidance in selecting stakeholders, conducting the interviews, and developing the report.

Updated: 1/31/2017
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