By Richard J. Buddin

Army kin housing is a significant-and expensive-benefit, costing the dept of safeguard (DoD) approximately $10 billion each year. simply because so much housing reviews have enthusiastic about the price of on-base housing as opposed to the price of delivering allowances for rented or owned off-base housing, the authors investigated the personal tastes of army households for different types of housing and the standards that effect their offerings. provider contributors file that the industrial advantages of on-base housing are the main significant component by way of some distance in housing choice, perceiving an enormous distinction in worth among army housing and off-base housing allowances. All different elements, corresponding to a supportive feel of army group, lag some distance at the back of economic system in influencing selection. last the distance in financial disparity among on- and off-base housing, and adorning courses that relief provider individuals in purchasing off-base lodgings, would supply the best profit to prone and participants.

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In rare circumstances, members are moved ahead in the queue because of military necessity (their job requires that they live on-base), financial distress, or special family needs (an exceptional family member that needs access to base facilities). The wait for this housing varies from a few weeks to two years. The military housing component faces major challenges over the next several years, because the stock of military housing is old and in poor repair. DoD estimates that the average age of the housing stock is 33 years and that much of the housing stock has reached the end of its projected life (DoD, 1995).

13. 14. 1. 1. 1. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 1. 1. 2. Estimates from the Hedonic Rent Equation Adjusted for Selectivity 161 Page xv Summary Background and Approach Military family housing is a significant benefit provided to military members. It is also expensive, costing the Department of Defense (DoD) nearly $10 billion annually. A number of studies have been done on military housing, but most have focused on the relative costs of that housing compared with allowances provided to military members who rent or own homes off-base.

Even the least important contribution"maintaining military values"was thought to be at least somewhat important by half of the respondents. " Almost everyone thought this was important to some degree and 80 percent rated it very important. Helping families in other ways also was valued to some degree by a large fraction of the respondents. 9 Survey Respondents' Attitudes About Family and Community Contributions of Military Housing Page 20 Family support may be better in military housing because the proximity and concentration of families in a single neighborhood facilitates the work of the military's numerous family-support programs.

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