An Evaluation of Housing Options for Military Families

An Evaluation of Housing Options for Military Families

An Evaluation of Housing Options for Military Families

An Evaluation of Housing Options for Military Families

Synopsis

Military family housing is a significant-and expensive-benefit, costing the Department of Defense (DoD) nearly $10 billion annually. Because most housing studies have focused on the cost of on-base housing versus the cost of providing allowances for rent

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In 1996, the Deputy Secretary of Defense directed the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) to conduct a new study of military family housing. Previous studies concentrated on comparing the costs of military-owned housing with housing allowances that are provided to personnel who rent or purchase civilian housing. This study complements previous efforts by investigating the preferences of military families for different kinds of housing, the methods they use to find housing at new locations, and the factors that are important in their choice of housing.

The data for these investigations were collected through a survey of families assigned to 12 bases with varying housing situations. The analyses and the survey data should be of interest to policymakers and analysts concerned with military housing programs, the support of active-duty families, and the role of housing benefits in the compensation package. Readers interested only in the findings of the study should focus on the first two chapters. The other chapters will be of interest to readers interested in the analytic methods and detailed results.

This research was conducted for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy by the Forces and Resources Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute (NDRI). NDRI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, and the defense agencies.

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