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Surplus Property for Use to Assist the Homeless (Title V)

Makes suitable federal properties, which are categorized as unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus, available to states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations for use to assist homeless persons.

Nature of Program: HUD collects information from federal agencies about their unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus properties and determines which are suitable for use to assist homeless persons. The decision is based on information submitted by the agency controlling the property. Every Friday, HUD publishes a Federal Register notice listing the available property. States, local governments, and nonprofit organizations apply to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to obtain the property.

Legal Authority: Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11411-11412). Regulations are at 24 CFR part 581.

Note: The Act to Prevent Mortgage Foreclosures and Enhance Mortgage Credit Availability Act was signed into law on May 20, 2009 (Public Law 111-22). Division B of this new law is the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), which amends the McKinney-Vento Act definition of homeless used by Title V, but otherwise leaves Title V unchanged. The change in definition will be considered through separate rulemaking in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the General Services Administration (GSA), which administer this program with HUD.

Administering Office: Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) in the Office of Community Planning and Development, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 20410-7000.

Information Sources: Administering office, local HUD field offices, GSA, and HHS. Further information on a specific property is available from the landholding agency. For the name and contact at these agencies, call the nearest HUD field office or HUD's toll-free number at (800) 927-7588. On the Web

Current Status: Active.