In response to sequestration-driven budget cuts, Congress and the Department of Defense (DoD) are reviewing several proposals that affect privatized military housing. Congress has directed a Government Accountability Office study to report certain litigation expenses associated with military housing projects. While the measure’s supporters maintain such transparency is intended to safeguard the fiscal health of housing projects, NMHC/NAA are working to ensure any reporting requirements are clear, narrowly tailored and avoid unduly burdening housing providers.
As part of a strategic review, DoD also proposed reductions to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to help meet continued sequestration-related cost reduction targets. This would substantially reduce the revenue collected at privatized housing projects and also negatively impact the rent rates and occupancy of private apartment communities serving military installations. NMHC/NAA are urging that DoD exercise caution before using BAH reductions to satisfy budget cuts and advocating for a measured approach to BAH changes that engages all stakeholders and assesses the effects across the real estate sector.
- Congress Passes Defense Authorization Bill with Halt to Military Housing Benefits Cuts
- House Passes Defense Authorization Bill with Halt to Housing Benefits Cuts
- NMHC/NAA Weighs in on NDAA Supporting Privatized Military Housing
- NDAA 2019 Conference Letter
- Annual Defense Bill Clears House with Relief for Housing Providers