Title V - Federal Surplus Property for Use to Assist the Homeless

Looking for Federal Surplus Property?

This page provides information to homeless service providers interested in learning more about the Federal Surplus Property (Title V) Program. It includes information about the Title V Program, how to obtain a Title V property (to view Title V property, click Suitability Listing), and getting linked wto homeless assistance funding opportunities.

What is the Title V Program?

Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended November 29, 1990, and Public Law 101-645 (42 USC 11411), enables eligible organizations to use unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus Federal properties as facilities to assist homeless persons.

Eligible applicants are State and local governments as well as nonprofit organizations. Properties (land and buildings) are made available strictly on an "as-is" basis. No funding is available under Title V. Leases are provided free of charge and can last from 1 to 20 years, depending on availability. Successful applicants may use the Title V properties to provide shelter, services, storage, and other benefits to homeless persons.

Every Friday, HUD publishes a Notice in the Federal Register identifying available unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus properties. Organizations must notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of their intent to apply for a suitable property within 60 days of it being listed in the Federal Register. After receiving the expression of interest, HHS provides the interested organization with an application which the interested organization must complete and submit to HHS within 90 days.

SNAPS and Title V: An Overview

Through the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), HUD is responsible for:

  1. Canvassing landholding agencies quarterly to request information about properties that are unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus;
  2. Reviewing property for suitability; and
  3. Publishing in the Federal Register:
    • Weekly suitability determinations;
    • Annual Suitable Report of all suitable properties published in the prior calendar year.


If you have questions about the Title V process or desire to subscribe to the Title V email group to receive advance listings of the Federal Register or other Title V alerts, please email HUD at title5@hud.gov. Juanita Perry, the Title V lead will contact you no later than 7 business days from the date of your email.


To learn more about the Title V process and how to link with homeless assistance funds to support your program, choose from the list of topics:

Title V Process

Suitability Listing

Appeal Process

Coordination and Connection Efforts

U.S. Coast Guard property conveyed through Title V

U.S. Coast Guard property conveyed through Title V

U.S. Coast Guard property conveyed through Title V located in Redmond, WA to the City of Redmond to provide emergency housing, transitional housing, and case management. The grantee obtained funding for renovations.

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