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SECTION 153
Relocation of displaced tenants
Public Housing (PBG) CHAPTER 44-A, ARTICLE 8
§ 153. Relocation of displaced tenants. 1. (a) Authorities shall have
the power to assist in relocating in suitable accommodations at rentals
within their means families of low income who have been or will be
deprived of dwellings within areas or buildings which have been or will
be cleared or demolished. In connection with any project, the authority
shall maintain or provide for the maintenance of tenant placement
service in which there shall be recorded lists of untenanted suitable
dwellings available to families of low income and shall furnish such
information to such families. Authorities shall from time to time make
studies and surveys of dwelling units which may become unoccupied and
available to families of low income and shall also make arrangements
with owners and lessors of such dwellings for registration thereof with
the tenant placement service.

(b) In connection with any state or municipal project, an authority
may pay so much of the necessary cost of removal of families of low
income, and of business or commercial tenants, from the area or
buildings to be cleared for the development of the project to suitable
locations in such cases and in such amounts as may be approved by the
commissioner in the case of a state project or municipality in case of a
municipal project, but, except as otherwise provided by law, in no event
more than four hundred dollars for any family, nor more than three
thousand dollars for any business or commercial tenant. Removal costs so
paid by an authority shall be included in the project cost.

(c) In connection with the development of any federal project, an
authority may contract with the federal government and with a
municipality to accept and distribute relocation payments as may be
agreed upon.

2. Any person or family residing in an area or building to be cleared
or demolished by an authority or municipality in connection with the
development of a project under this chapter may be admitted to a
dwelling in any project of the authority or municipality if the probable
aggregate annual income of such person or family does not exceed the
income limit for continued occupancy established by the authority or
municipality for the dwelling to which such person or family is
admitted.

3. Until July first nineteen hundred seventy whenever an agency as
defined in subdivision five of section five hundred two of the general
municipal law undertakes the clearance, rehabilitation, conservation or
renewal of an area, or an authority or municipality undertakes the
clearance, replanning, re-construction or rehabilitation of a
substandard or insanitary area in connection with a project as defined
in this chapter, and if the commissioner determines in the case of an
urban renewal project financially assisted by the state as provided in
sections five hundred eight, five hundred nine and five hundred ten of
the general municipal law or in the case of a state project as defined
in this chapter that the area of such a project is one to which this
subdivision shall apply, and an authority or municipality finds that
there are not available suitable dwellings for the relocation of persons
or families of low income who will be deprived of dwellings within the
area of such a project, such authority or municipality may, with the
approval of the commissioner in the case of state projects, relocate
such persons or families by admission to a dwelling in any project of
the authority or municipality. The income of a family relocated pursuant
to this subdivision shall not be subject to the limitation prescribed in
subdivision one (a) of section one hundred fifty-six of this chapter.
Notwithstanding any general, special or local law, each person or family
admitted to a project pursuant to this subdivision shall be required to
move from such project within one year from the date of admission unless
the income of the family is within the limits prescribed for continued
occupancy in the project and, in the opinion of the authority or
municipality, the removal of the family from the project would occasion
undue hardship.