When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CPB) listed the Old Colville Border Patrol Station, in Colville, WA, as excess property in August of 2013, GSA was there to help the agency begin the disposal process and convey the property to another owner. The property was conveyed to the non-profit Rural Resources Community Action who will turn the old border patrol station into an overnight men’s shelter and veteran’s service center.
Once a federal property is no longer needed, various statutes authorize GSA to convey the property to state and local governments and, in some cases, to nonprofits at up to 100 percent discount for public benefit use. In the case of the old border patrol station, it was the first time since 2009 that GSA had conveyed a property at a 100 percent discount for homeless assistance. Other qualifying uses include:
- Public health
- Park and recreation
- Law enforcement
- Emergency management, and more.
To determine the property’s suitability for homeless assistance, GSA worked closely with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. After it was determined that the property was suitable, GSA worked with the Department of Health and Human Service, the sponsoring agency for the conveyance, to convey the property to Rural Resources.
From Dale Wilson, Division Director at Rural Resources Community Action:
“The entire process from initial application to the property transfer was remarkably straight forward. GSA and the people at The Program Support Center were great to work with. Our County’s Board of Commissioners and the various veteran service groups were very supportive of the idea from the outset and a host of community partners are joining the effort to create a model Services Center that will vastly improve access to resources that will assist homeless and military veterans to move forward,”
Now that the property transfer is complete, the real work for Rural Resources starts. Over the next 45 days the former border patrol facility will undergo some modest modifications to improve restrooms and office areas, and an efficiency apartment will be added for onsite management.
About GSA’s Property Disposal Program
GSA provides a range of solutions to help federal agencies put their unneeded or underutilized real property to new uses. Since 2010, GSA has completed 907 disposal transactions, which have generated $250.2 million in proceeds and eliminated more than 67,654 acres of excess land.