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VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois

 

Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) Initiative

Artist's rendition for Homeless Veteran's Housing

Artist's rendition for Homeless Veteran's Housing for Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) Initiative.

By Doug Shouse
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) was one of 34 VA’s identified to develop housing opportunities for homeless and at-risk Veterans.  This strategy will increase the Department's available beds by over 5,000.  VA currently has 15,000 transitional beds available to homeless Veterans.

Culminating two years of work to end homelessness among Veterans, a recent strategic study, the Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative, identified unused and underused buildings at existing VA property with the potential to develop new housing opportunities for homeless or at-risk Veterans and their families through public-private partnerships and VA's enhanced-use lease (EUL) program. VA permits third-party providers to finance, design, develop, maintain and operate housing and on-site supportive services on a priority basis for Veterans and their families.  Under the EUL program, VA retains ownership of the land and can determine and control its reuse.

Mercy Housing was selected for the project at VAIHCS that will support VA's goal of ending Veteran homelessness by providing safe, affordable, cost effective, and sustainable housing for Veterans on a priority basis. The project has 15 acres of land on the Danville VA campus to build 65 apartments (1, 2 and 3 bedrooms) for homeless Veterans and their families. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in late fall 2012.

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