Department of Defense
The U.S. Department of Defense’s (Defense) mission is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. The Office of Warrior Care Policy works to ensure equitable, consistent, high-quality support and service for wounded warriors and their families, as well as transitioning members of the Armed Forces, through effective outreach, interagency collaboration, policy and program oversight.
In 1994, Defense joined with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Veterans Affairs (VA), and Health and Human Services (HHS), and the General Services Administration (GSA), and homeless assistance providers and other community groups to recommend changes to the McKinney Act that led to enactment of the Base Closure Community Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act of 1994 (the Redevelopment Act). The Redevelopment Act, which was amended in 1996, remains in effect and governs the 2005 installation realignments and closures. This program, the Base Realignment and Closure Program, provides an opportunity to use former military installations to accommodate the needs of those experiencing homelessness. These projects are developed in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Urban Development , which works with Local Redevelopment Authorities to ensure that the planning and proposed use of the facilities fits the needs of the communities.