On November 14, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced S. 1715, the Civilian Property Realignment Act. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Rob Portman (R-OH) are co-sponsors. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The legislation would create a commission to identify federal properties, particularly high-value properties, that should be disposed of in order to raise revenue and reduce surplus government assets. The bill would also provide the commission the authority to refer properties to HUD if they are deemed suitable for use by homeless service providers, and a representative from a homeless service provider submits a notice of interest in the property and all relevant requirements are met. This authority would replace the current requirement under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act that homeless service providers have a first right of refusal to surplus federal properties before they are made available for sale.
The full text of S. 1715 is available at: http://1.usa.gov/1eY0w7P