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Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 79A, the Department of Housing and Community Development's (DHCD) Bureau of Relocation (BOR) is responsible for providing advice, assistance and approvals for and to public and private entities that cause residents and/or businesses to move as the result of a publicly-funded project for the purposes of rehabilitation, demolition or other improvements. In general, the Bureau of Relocation acts as the central clearinghouse on local, state or federal projects that causes displacement
Any resident or business that has been displaced by a project using public funds may be eligible for relocation assistance. Public, non-profit or private displacing entities are charged with providing relocation services to residential and/or business occupants who are displaced as the result of a project using local, state or federal funds. Displacing agencies must have adequate in-house or contracted personnel to provide the necessary relocation assistance to displaced occupants. The Bureau of Relocation is charged with administrative oversight of the implementation of the local relocation process.
Some publicly-funded activities that result in displacement and relocation of residents and/or businesses include, but are not limited to: private and public housing initiatives or rehabilitation; public facility construction and expansion; urban renewal; educational facilities construction and expansion; transportation improvements; public parks and open space initiatives; hazard mitigation projects; and environmental protection initiatives.
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760 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 27.00
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