Converting Military Bases and Other Vacant Federal Property to Aid Homeless People
The Base Closure Community Redevelopment Act of 1994
presents significant opportunities for groups working with
homeless people in communities with base closures. This act
requires that the needs of homeless people must be considered when surplus military property becomes available.
This article argues that the 1994 Act could help reintegrate
homeless people into their communities. It
outlines several examples where closed military bases have been converted to
transitional housing, permanent housing or used to create other resources for homeless
individuals and families.
Because there is a
complex process involved obtaining help from local counsel and government is critical. It will help ensure that local providers can use the law to benefit the homeless people in their communities.
The case studies also detail obstacles that advocacy
groups faced, how they were overcome, and lessons learned for future projects.