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Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL)

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What’s New with the EUL Program?

Get an update with the 2015 Veterans Day EUL Program Newsletter.  At this time, OAEM has 1,909 units of housing available for Veterans and an additional 1,055 units are under development.  Read more »

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What projects have been awarded?

VA currently has over 100 active awarded leases and is engaged in developing additional projects.  See the list »

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What is the EUL Statute?

United States Code, Supplement 5, Title 38 - Veterans’ Benefits, Section 8162 (38 U.S.C. 8162).  Learn more »


The Department of Veterans Affairs Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL) is an important component of both VA’s mission to end Veteran homelessness and the departments overall asset management program.  Through this program, VA out-leases underutilized real estate under its jurisdiction or control to the private sector for up to 75 years for the purpose of developing supportive housing for homeless and at risk Veterans and their families.  Through this innovative portfolio management tool, Veterans are provided with an expanded range of services that would not otherwise be available on medical center campuses.

Most of the direct services to Veterans are in the form of supportive housing.  Some examples of the supportive services provided by our partners include, job training, financial management assistance, free haircuts, community gardens and playgrounds, computer/technology centers, laundry facilities, community meeting and socializing rooms, fitness centers, support groups, and senior companion programs, to name a few.  Our partners provide Veterans with housing on a priority placement basis, and in some cases, serve our Veterans exclusively.  These EUL projects provide safe, affordable living arrangements near health care providers, which contribute to positive health care outcomes for Veterans.  Many of the benefits to the Veterans extend beyond the campus, as they are non-quantifiable benefits such as increased access to health care, improved satisfaction and quality of life for Veterans and their families, improved relations with the community, and other socio-economic benefits.

The EUL program is managed by the Office of Asset Enterprise Management (OAEM).  At this time, OAEM is in the process of executing the Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative, whereby unused and underused land and buildings on existing VA property are evaluated for homeless housing projects through both public-private collaboration and VA’s EUL program.  Currently, VA is identifying and conducting due diligence on additional sites nationwide that have potential for repurposing as supportive housing for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.  OAEM continues to identify strategic sites within VA’s portfolio, through the BURR II initiative, to further the effort to end Veteran homelessness across the country.