Sugg, Catherine L. 1996 - Relocation Case Study and Evaluation of Displaced Tenants in Two Mobile Home Parks. Abstract: As part of a larger project, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) in Tampa, Florida, relocated 83 families to make way for future expansion of Tampa International Airport. These families were living in slum conditions in two mobile home parks and were relocated into decent safe and sanitary housing. Families made their own replacement housing choices based on preferences and the types of payments awarded based on the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970. The objectives of this study were to assess the consequences of relocation for these families and to evaluate the program's effectiveness. The study sought to answer two questions. First, as it is administered today under the Act, is the program fulfilling its objectives, and second, could it be made more effective? As an intern under the direction of O.R.Colan Associates, Inc., during the summer of 1995, I carried out research employing ethnographic methods in conjunction with a survey instrument. Fifty six families were interviewed after they moved to their new dwellings in order to discern the impact of relocation. They areas under scrutiny include: Why did displacees make the decisions they did in their replacement housing? How did they arrive at those decisions? How was relocation money spent? What characteristics defined the population of this case study? Were displacees satisfied with the program? What were the psychosocial repercussions of relocation? In what ways could the program be improved? The primary finding is that the program is fulfilling its function by placing displacees in decent safe and sanitary housing without causing undue financial hardship. However, there is some concern that displacees may not be benefited in the long term by the program because many are unable to sustain their lifestyles in their new homes. For this reason, recommendations are phrased proactively in the hope that benefits may be realized in the long term rather than simply the short. The most important recommendations are: provide educational programs, place a sub-office inside the area to be vacated, change the way rent supplements are disbursed, and eliminate subsequent tenant payments.