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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 »


Welcome to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) enhanced-use lease (EUL) website.  EUL is an important component of the VA’s overall asset management program.  The program is unique among Federal agencies, and is considered an innovative method of acquiring needed facilities and services through engagements in public/private ventures.  In return for allowing Department-controlled land to be leased VA can receive rent in the form of fair value cash payments as consideration.  The Secretary may also choose to not require consideration.  The total consideration for the lease must, in the opinion of the Secretary, constitute fair consideration.

The program was authorized by law in 1991 and is managed by the Office of Asset Enterprise Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary Management.  VA EUL authority expired on December 31, 2011 and was reinstated in modified form and was re-authorized August 6, 2012.  Currently, the statute authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an Enhanced Use Lease of real property for a term of up to 75 years for the purpose of supportive housing.

VA EUL authority allows VA to realign its asset portfolio in a way that creates value for VA, Veterans, and other stakeholders throughout the community.  For VA, EULs are tools that allow the accomplishment of particular goals and provide significant positive outcomes that otherwise may not be achieved, such as:  strengthening the network of local services available to Veterans; distributing costs of VA capital investments; transferring maintenance costs of land and improvements (without incurring the cost of disposal or continued maintenance); and creating innovative community partnerships.  VA has completed a variety of projects since the enactment of the EUL statute, including office buildings, parking facilities, low-cost senior housing, co-generation (heat and electricity) energy plants, single room occupancy housing (homeless shelters), and child care and mental health centers.  VA currently has over 100 active awarded leases and is engaged in developing additional projects.