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sk <br /> DISPLACEMENT PLAN <br /> Community Development Block Grant <br /> • HOME Investment Partnerships Program <br /> COUNTY OF HAWAII <br /> The County of Hawai' i, through its Office of Housing and Community <br /> Development (OHCD) , is required to minimize displacement of persons as <br /> a result of activities assisted with the Community Development Block <br /> Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds. <br /> In addition, the OHCD must provide reasonable benefits to any persons <br /> involuntarily and permanently displaced as a result of the use of CDBG <br /> or HOME funds to acquire, demolish, or rehabilitate property. This <br /> requirement applies to all such displacement resulting from CDBG or <br /> HOME assisted acquisition, demolition, or rehabilitation of non- <br /> residential as well as residential property <br /> In order to comply with this requirement, the County must develop a <br /> written displacement plan which outlines the approach the County will <br /> take to minimize displacement, describes the specific actions the <br /> County will take to discourage displacement, defines displacement, and <br /> describes the monetary and nonmonetary assistance that will be <br /> provided to the displaces. This is to serve as the Plan. <br /> To minimize displacement, the OHCD has developed a system to rate <br /> potential projects to be funded with CDBG or HOME funds. The rating <br /> system is designed, among other things, to select projects with a <br /> minimum number of problems. <br /> One criteria the OHCD utilizes in rating project proposals is <br /> displacement . If no displacement is involved, the project may be <br /> assigned the maximum number of points. However, if displacement or <br /> relocation is involved, the OHCD requires the applicant to submit a <br /> relocation plan that complies with the Uniform Relocation Assistance <br /> and Real Property Acquisition Act. If a plan is not submitted, the <br /> project proposal is ineligible for funding. The points assigned to <br /> the project may be reduced according to the degree of displacement <br /> (i. e. whether an alternative location is found for the displacees, <br /> etc. ) . The OHCD ranks all the eligible project proposals and the <br /> projects with the highest number of points are then recommended for <br /> funding. <br /> Any agency or organization utilizing CDBG or HOME funds for <br /> acquisition, demolition, and/or rehabilitation causes displacement of <br /> persons, then, compliance with the current Federal Uniform Relocation <br /> Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act is required. The <br /> regulations define displacement, and describe the monetary and <br /> nonmonetary assistance that will be provided to the displacees. The <br /> County will ensure compliance to the regulations by inserting a <br /> provision in the agreement executed between the County and agencies <br /> for the use of the CDBG and HOME funds <br />