November 10, 2011
As announced in a VA Press Release today — In an ongoing effort to eliminate homelessness among Veterans and their families, VA is proceeding with an agreement with third-party providers to provide housing at 25 sites nationwide.
“As we approach Veterans Day, it is important that we never forget the sacrifices made by our Veterans to ensure the freedom and independence all Americans cherish,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. ”These efforts to ensure the well-being of our Veterans and their families demonstrate our Nation’s gratitude for their service and commitment to honoring their dedication.“
The agreements are part of VA’s Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative. BURR is a VA strategic effort to identify and repurpose unused VA land and buildings in support of VA’s goal to end Veteran homelessness. VA is using its enhanced-use lease authority to permit third-party providers to finance, design, develop, maintain and operate housing with on-site supportive services, on a priority basis, for Veterans and their families.
For more information on VA’s Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative, please visit http://www.va.gov/assetmanagement/burr/ and for additional information on the EUL program, please visit http://www.va.gov/assetmanagement/.