Base Realignment and Closure Program Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides an overview of important information related to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program. For more detailed guidance, please select Additional Information.
The Base Realignment and Closure Program (BRAC) is a community based process that balances the need for economic and other redevelopment while addressing the needs of the homeless at base closure and realignment sites. Under this program, HUD reviews base redevelopment plans and offers technical assistance to the communities in the vicinity of the military installation.
Eligible applicants include Local Redevelopment Authorities (LRAs) and Homeless Assistance Providers.
LRAs are established by State or local governments and must be officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). Each LRA represents key stakeholders affected by a base closure and is responsible for developing and implementing reuse plans.
Homeless Assistance Providers, including State and local government agencies, private, nonprofit organizations, and other entities, may be eligible to use former military buildings to provide immediate, transitional, and permanent housing; support services; food and clothing banks; treatment facilities; and other items that fill gaps within a community's Continuum of Care.
Homeless assistance providers may use buildings and other resources on former military bases for a wide range of activities, from emergency shelter to permanent housing to support services.
Transfer of properties will occur only after the following steps have been completed:
OEA notifies the LRA of its recognition in writing and publishes the point of contact's name and address in the Federal Register and a newspaper circulated near the installation in question.
The LRA posts an advertisement in the local newspaper identifying the time period during which homeless assistance providers and State and local governments may submit official notices of interest (NOIs), which must include their proposed plans for reusing the properties. The LRA must then determine which NOIs, if any, to support (ending up in legally binding agreements).
After this outreach period, the LRA has 270 days to generate a redevelopment plan and a homeless assistance submission, which outline how the proposed reuses of the military installation will respond to the community's needs. Once these documents are drafted, the LRA must hold a public hearing to give community members an opportunity to give their feedback. The LRA then revises and submits final copies to its local HUD Field Office, HUD Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Department of Defense.
If HUD approves the application, the U.S. Department of Defense must conduct an official public benefit transfer screening and an environmental review of the installation.
The Base Realignment and Closure Program applies to all military installations approved for closure or realignment after October 25, 1994. To learn about current availability, please consult the Federal Register, or contact your local HUD Field Office.
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