An evaluation of housing options for military families by Richard J. Buddin

By Richard J. Buddin

Army relations housing is a significant-and expensive-benefit, costing the dept of protection (DoD) approximately $10 billion each year. simply because such a lot housing reports have excited about the price of on-base housing as opposed to the price of offering allowances for rented or owned off-base housing, the authors investigated the personal tastes of army households for kinds of housing and the criteria that impact their offerings. carrier individuals record that the industrial merits of on-base housing are the main significant component by means of a ways in housing choice, perceiving an unlimited distinction in worth among army housing and off-base housing allowances. All different components, reminiscent of a supportive feel of army group, lag some distance at the back of economic climate in influencing selection. remaining the space in financial disparity among on- and off-base housing, and embellishing courses that relief provider individuals in deciding to buy off-base lodgings, would offer the best gain to prone and contributors.

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Chapter Three describes the housing preferences of military members from the military housing survey. Chapter Four develops a model of the demand for military housing. Survey data are used to estimate how the demand for military housing would be affected by changes in military housing options and policies. Chapter Five compares housing choices of military families with those of comparable civilian families. S. Census data. Page 7 Chapter Two Overview of Study This chapter contains an overview of our major research findings.

Much of our analysis was directed at understanding the reasons for the strong interest in living on-base. The participants in the focus groups we conducted for this study emphasized cost-effectiveness as the major reason for preferring military housing. Other factors clearly were secondary. 5 Percentage of Survey Respondents Who Would Prefer Military Housing civilian housing. The value of the military housing benefit was estimated as the local market value of each housing unit, based on its size and features.

Nevertheless, much of the variation in O&M costs may reflect accounting issues and not the actual operating costs of the housing itself. DoD has also initiated programs to privatize military housing (DoD, 1995; CBO, 1998). These efforts are intended to reduce the cost of military housing. 10 Military housing might be worth some extra cost to the military if the extra cost is reflected in an extra benefit to military members. For example, if military housing fostered support of families or strengthened commitment to the military, then the extra cost might be offset by better military performance or retention.

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