Title V Process

The administration of the Title V program is divided between HUD, General Services Administration (GSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Responsibilities: HUD – Request Property Information, Make the suitability determination, Publish the suitability determination. HHS – Transfers applicable federal surplus real properties to states and local units of government and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Monitor and oversee the proper use of the property after it is transferred. GSA – Reports property information as a landholding agency and/or disposal agency to HUD.


HUD's role and responsibilities in the Title V process are illustrated in the following diagram:

Quarterly Canvassing (24 CFR 581.3- Collecting the Information): HUD sends canvassing letters to all landholding agencies quarterly (i.e., Jan. 1, Apr. 1, Jul. 1, and Oct. 1) to request information on property that the agency has in the pipeline to dispose of which is either unutilized, underutilized, excess, or surplus. Landholding Agency Submission (24 CFR 581.3- Collecting the Information): HUD will direct landholding agencies to respond to the quarterly canvassing request for property information (using the Title V Checklist) 25 days upon receipt of HUD’s letter. In the interim of HUD quarterly canvassing, some agencies opt to submit Title V Checklists on an ongoing basis. HUD’s suitability review (24 CFR 581.4- Suitability Determination): Within 30 days upon receipt of the property information from the landholding agencies, HUD will complete the suitability for the property (using the criteria set forth in 24 CFR 581.6- Suitability Criteria) to determine whether the property is suitable to assist the homeless and report the determination to the landholding agency. Note: In practice, HUD will also publish the suitability determination with the 30 day review timeframe; however, per 24 CFR 581.8, HUD has a longer timeframe to publish the suitability determination. Federal Register: No Disposal Action - Suitable/Available Properties (24 CFR 581.9- Application Process): 60 day no disposal action for agencies from the date of the Federal Register to allow homeless service providers to contact the Dept. of Health and Human Services of their interest of a property. Unsuitable Properties (24 CFR 581.11 – Unsuitable Properties): 20 day no disposal action for agencies from the date of the Federal Register to allow homeless service providers to submit a suitability appeal request to HUD.