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Creating Homes for Homeless People With Unused Government Property

“Many landholding agencies appear to be failing to fairly and accurately report their Title V eligible property, as required under both the statute and Order.” – Opinion, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, March 21, 2013

Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act makes vacant federal properties available at no cost to non-profits for use as facilities to assist homeless people.  The Law Center is a recognized expert on this law, and has testified about the program in Congress, publicizes available properties and gives comprehensive support to service providers interested in obtaining them.  Properties are used to provide transitional housing, emergency shelter, day centers, meal programs, and more—benefiting more than 2 million homeless persons each year.

The Law Center was instrumental in getting this federal program enacted, and has been to court to enforce it multiple times, winning a nationwide injunction. But in 2011, the federal government asked the court to remove the injunction, arguing that it is no longer needed. The Law Center fought back, and March 2013, we won. Not only was the injunction sustained, but the judge ordered that federal agencies do more to make their vacant properties available, ensuring that the over 2 million people who benefit annually from housing and services provided in once vacant federal properties will continue to be served, and that more properties can be used to meet the growing need.