The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department officially told the nation Friday not to expect any homeless people to move into Tooele Army Depot facilities - not that Utahns would have expected them to anyway.
HUD has the responsibility to determine whether vacant or underutilized federal buildings could be used for the homeless. Each agency must report such buildings for HUD review.The Army, therefore, reported as required by law that seven buildings at Tooele Army Depot were "underutilized." HUD evaluated whether they might serve the needs of the homeless.
But since each was either in a secured area, within 2,000 feet of explosive or flammable material or both, HUD concluded they were "unsuitable properties for the homeless."
The announcement was made in the Federal Register, a daily listing of bureaucratic rulings and proposed actions.