VA EUL provides homeless vets a new lease on life


By Thomas Crisp - Contributing Columnist



Veterans are being touched by the Enhanced-Use-Lease EUL program, a “portfolio management tool” that VA deploys to revitalize underused VA properties — and change the lives of thousands of formerly homeless Veterans.

It is operated by the Office of Asset Enterprise Management. The EUL program enables VA to solve two issues: affordable, permanent housing for homeless Veterans and their families and the surplus of idle or underused VA property in communities across the United States.

The EUL program allows VA to lease its property to the private sector for approved supportive housing and related projects for veterans who do not have safe, stable housing.

EUL projects must provide veterans with a well-rounded and integrated experience, and so in addition to supportive housing, VA’s EUL partners often offer veterans services such as job training, financial management, haircuts, computer and laundry facilities, fitness centers and more.

Veterans and their families are prioritized for EUL developments, which are also convenient to VA health care facilities.

So far, through the EUL program over 2,200 units of housing for homeless veterans, veterans at-risk of homeless, and their families have been constructed nationwide and an additional 500 units are under construction to serve veterans and their families within the next one to two years.

Moreover, we continue working to develop more than 1,500 additional units that in the future will serve Veterans and their families. In addition to the services and amenities available through EUL housing, Veterans benefit from regular opportunities to interact with each other.

Encourage Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless to call or visit their local VA Medical Center where VA staff are ready to assist, or ask them to call 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838). (Source: VAntage Point Blog | July 29, 2016)

By Thomas Crisp

Contributing Columnist

Thomas Crisp is a retired military officer from Whitmire. His veteran updates can be found weekly in The Newberry Observer.

Thomas Crisp is a retired military officer from Whitmire. His veteran updates can be found weekly in The Newberry Observer.

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