In an ongoing effort to eliminate homelessness among Veterans and their families, VA plans to enter into agreements to provide more than 3,000 units of permanent and transitional housing for Veterans at 25 VA medical center campuses nationwide.
The Minneapolis VA Medical Center has been identified as one of the proposed development sites to provide 58 permanent housing units for Veterans.
The development site will be a 4-acre site on the Upper Post of Fort Snelling which will involve the rehabilitation of vacant historical buildings dating back to pre World War II.
According to a press release on Nov. 10, 2011, an estimated total of 5,300 units of affordable and supportive housing are expected to be provided to Veterans through this initiative, including projects currently underway.
The Secretary initially announced VA’s plan to expand housing for homeless Veterans and their families in a press release on June 8, 2011.
The Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative is a VA strategic effort to identify and repurpose underutilized VA land and buildings nationwide in support of VA’s goal to end Veteran homelessness. The BURR initiative is assessing existing real estate assets with the potential to develop new housing opportunities for homeless or Veterans and their families at-risk for homelessness through public-private partnerships and VA’s enhanced-use lease (EUL) program.
The Minneapolis Enhanced Use Lease website contains more detailed information on the project.