Title V of the McKinney-Vento Act provides suitable Federal properties categorized as unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus for use to assist homeless persons. Properties are made available to States, units of local government, and non-profit organizations. They can be used to provide shelter, services, storage, or other uses of benefit to homeless persons.
The program provides no funding, and the properties are made available on an "as is" basis. Properties are leased without charge; although organizations must pay operating and repair costs. Depending on the property's availability and other factors, surplus properties may also be deeded to the organization.
HUD collects information from Federal agencies concerning their unutilized, underutilized, excess and surplus properties. Based on information submitted by the agency controlling the property, HUD determines which are suitable for use to assist homeless persons. This list is published every Friday, in the Federal Register listing the properties' determinations and availability.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) handles the application portion of the program.
Interested providers should notify HHS of their intention to apply for property within 60 days of the Federal Register notice. Applicants have 90 days after a notice of interest (NOI) is received to submit an application. Once an application is complete, HHS acts on it within 25 days.
The landholding agency enters into a license, permit, or lease agreement for homeless provider's use of unutilized or underutilized property. HHS will handle the lease or deed document for surplus properties.
The Title V program for identification and use of surplus property, is authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended November 29, 1990, and Title V, Public Law 101-645 (42 USC 11411).