Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes. Permanent housing models are allowable. Please see the site-specific RFPs for more information concerning VA’s goals and objectives for each site.
No. However, Offerors should specify the estimated number of housing units in the project, as well as the estimated breakdown of units among the selected target population(s), in their proposals. Offerors should support the proposed project size and selected target population(s) by citing available market demand data and local market knowledge. Upon selection of a preferred developer, VA will work closely with the preferred developer to determine the most appropriate project size.
VA requests proposals in which homeless Veterans would have priority placement.
Yes. The projects can serve homeless Veteran singles and families.
Yes, mixed-income projects are acceptable as long as homeless Veterans are given priority placement for a mutually agreed upon number of units in the project.
The project must be affordable to the identified target population (e.g., homeless, at-risk, senior, disabled, etc.). Unless and to the extent VA otherwise agrees, rents can be set at no more than 30% of a tenant’s adjusted gross income. Mixed-income projects may be acceptable if the appropriate target populations are given priority placement.
Yes. VA will permit limited commercial and/or retail uses as a mechanism to enhance the economic viability of the project, but these uses must be compatible with VA’s mission and in no way interfere with VA’s patient care mission. If a retail use is proposed, VA’s Canteen Service must be given right of first refusal to provide sundry services.
The definition of “homeless” can be found in the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, which reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
9. Can the projects serve homeless individuals who are not Veterans, or Veterans who are not homeless (but who are at risk of homelessness due to substandard housing conditions, economic circumstances, etc.)?
Projects are intended to provide priority placement for homeless Veterans. Residents may also include Veterans who are not homeless and homeless individuals who are not Veterans, as long as homeless Veterans are given priority placement for a mutually agreed upon number of units in the project.
10. Can the proposed project contain a mixture of housing units for homeless Veterans as well as (non-homeless) low-income Veteran families? Has the VA set a percentage (%) for the number of units that must house homeless Veterans?
The proposed development may contain a mixture of units for homeless Veterans and non-homeless low-income Veteran families. VA does not have a minimum unit requirement for Veterans, but requests proposals for projects in which homeless Veterans would have priority placement.
The Offeror must provide a description and justification for the proposed housing model (e.g., permanent, mixed-use, mixed-income, etc.) and target residents (single homeless Veterans, homeless Veteran families, eligible non-Veterans, etc.).
No, developers are not required to use the GSA schedule or any government schedule. This venture is the essence of public-private partnership. VA will look to the developer’s expertise to bring in what they may feel to be appropriate furnishings.
That would be up to the individual developer or team that responds to the proposal.
Offerors will be evaluated on their plan to meet federal mandates as outlined in VA’s Sustainable Design & Energy Reduction standards. In previous projects, some developers have proposed more aggressive energy efficiency and sustainability milestones that made their proposals, all other elements considered equal, more attractive.
To take advantage of existing sustainable work in the private sector that is well accepted by the construction industry, VA has determined that using a third-party rating system is the most efficient methodology for achieving the federal mandates. The Offeror may propose using either the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or the Green Globes rating system. VA requires that projects obtain a minimum of either LEED Silver or Two Green Globes certification by their respective rating organizations. However, VA encourages innovative thinking in terms of sustainability over and above the current EUL Standards.