By Richard J. Buddin

Army relatives housing is a significant-and expensive-benefit, costing the dep. of safeguard (DoD) approximately $10 billion each year. simply because so much housing stories have interested in 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 sorts of housing and the criteria that effect their offerings. carrier contributors record that the commercial advantages of on-base housing are the main significant component through a ways in housing choice, perceiving an enormous distinction in worth among army housing and off-base housing allowances. All different components, akin to a supportive feel of army neighborhood, lag a long way in the back of economic system in influencing selection. remaining the distance in fiscal disparity among on- and off-base housing, and adorning courses that relief provider contributors in buying off-base lodgings, would supply the best gain to companies and contributors.

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Some participants in our focus groups pointed out that sometimes military families concentrate in certain civilian neighborhoods and so these community features may be available off-base as well as on-base. 10 shows, as expected, that the vast majority of families in military housing have military neighbors; those with civilian neighbors are in Navy housing areas located in the community. Two-fifths of the survey respondents who lived in civilian housing had mostly civilian neighbors. The same fraction lived in mixed military-civilian neighborhoods and only one-fifth lived in primarily military neighborhoods.

6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 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.

2 Amenities and Costs of Housing for Military Families (housing survey) CharacteristicMilitary HousingCivilian RentalsOwner OccupiedAge of dwelling (years)312015Size of dwelling (sq. )1,2571,3361,728Condition (% good)657995Out-of pocket cost ($/month)$0$167$356NOTE: Data have been adjusted for differences by base and rank. 3 Reasons for Choosing Current Housing Option (percentage listing the reason as first or second most important) (average across 12 bases) Page 13 cus groups. Interestingly, having military neighbors was not considered important.

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