Community Development: Information on the Efforts by the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Relocate and Compensate Residents of the Logan Triangle Area Page: 1 of 25
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United States General Accounting Office Resources, Community, and
Washington, DC 20548 Economic Development Division
June 9, 2000
The Honorable Wayne Allard
The Honorable Rick Santorum
Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation
Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
United States Senate
The Honorable Arlen Specter
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and
Human Services and Education
Committee on Appropriations
United States Senate
Subject: Community Development: Information on the Efforts by the City of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Relocate and Compensate Residents of the
Logan Triangle Area
In 1987, the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delineated the boundaries of a 17-block
area containing over 900 townhouses, known as the Logan Triangle Area, and
established a relocation plan to assist the property owners and tenants residing in this
area. The relocation of Logan Triangle residents was necessary because their homes,
which were built on an ash and cinder landfill between 1910 and 1930, were sinking.
Relocation under the city's plan was voluntary and consisted of an offer to purchase
Logan homes and/or relocate tenants if they desired to move. It also established a cut-
off date for receiving relocation benefits. Anyone who either moved into or acquired a
home in the Logan Triangle after August 29, 1986, was deemed "ineligible" to receive
benefits under the federal Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition
Policies Act of 1970,' as amended (Uniform Relocation Act), which requires payments
for the fair market value of homes, rental assistance for tenants, and reimbursements for
other costs, such as moving expenses. Because the Uniform Relocation Act does not
provide funding for these relocation activities, the city is using the Department of
Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant
1 The Uniform Relocation Act provides for relocation assistance, and when applicable, just compensation,
subject to state law, for the acquisition of property, to individuals who have been displaced, as a result of
programs or projects undertaken by a federal agency or with federal financial assistance. The
displacement can occur as a result of the acquisition, demolition, or rehabilitation of real property.
GAO/RCED-00-165R Logan Sinking Homes
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United States. General Accounting Office. Community Development: Information on the Efforts by the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Relocate and Compensate Residents of the Logan Triangle Area, text, June 9, 2000; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc300144/m1/1/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.