Lawmakers Urge Army to Address Housing Shortfall at Growth Bases
The Army would consider leasing off-post housing at several growth installations to ease a shortage in housing, under an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last week.
Officials have identified a housing shortfall at several posts due to BRAC and other force structure changes, according to the amendment. Defense communities are trying to respond to the increased demand for off-post housing, the panel noted, but the lingering effects of the financial crisis have made it difficult for homebuilders to obtain construction financing for such projects.
The amendment, submitted by Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), also requests the Army to identify installations where a housing deficit exists. The report, due Sept. 30, should describe the efforts under way to address unmet housing requirements, including the use of existing authorities.
The authorization bill, H.R. 1540, will be considered by the full committee May 11.