• Making Military Housing More Available: A Conversation with Up for Growth

    Making Military Housing More Available: A Conversation with Up for Growth0

    Mike Kingsella is executive director of Up for Growth. The issue of affordable housing in our defense communities mirrors national issues of housing availability. Could you share some background on your organization and its approach toward the national housing problem? Up for Growth National Coalition is a broad and diverse member-driven organization made up of

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  • Military Leaders Meet with Privatized Housing Executives

    Military Leaders Meet with Privatized Housing Executives0

    Army Secretary Mark Esper, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and other Pentagon leaders met Thursday with senior executives of privatized housing companies that manage housing on military installations, according to an Army press release. The secretaries presented a proposed Tenant Bill of Rights and led discussions on improving privatized housing conditions.

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  • Draft MilCon Bill Would Block Wall Funding, Provide $140 Million for Housing Repairs

    Draft MilCon Bill Would Block Wall Funding, Provide $140 Million for Housing Repairs0

    A draft of a military construction appropriations bill unveiled by House Democrats Tuesday would block the use of any DOD construction funds for the administration’s border barrier, according to U.S. News and World Report. The House Appropriations Military Construction-VA subcommittee proposed the $108 billion legislation with language that would prohibit the Pentagon from redirecting $3.6

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  • ‘I’d Be Sympathetic’: 7 Moments from Tuesday’s HASC Hearing

    ‘I’d Be Sympathetic’: 7 Moments from Tuesday’s HASC Hearing0

    Army and Air Force leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights, based on a CQ transcript: Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) asked whether DOD can adequately operate under a fiscal year 2020 appropriation of $733 billion, the amount House leaders have proposed. “I think the Army’s component of

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  • Committee Hearings to Watch

    Committee Hearings to Watch0

    DOD leaders will be on Capitol Hill over the next few days to talk about the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget request. Here are some of the hearings to watch online: House Armed Services Committee hearing with Army Secretary Mark Esper, Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air

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  • Legislation Would Protect Families in Privatized Housing

    Legislation Would Protect Families in Privatized Housing0

    A bipartisan proposal would give installation leaders and military families more protections against bad conditions in privatized military housing, according to Military Times. “It is unacceptable that some military families around the country have little or no recourse when private contractors provide substandard housing,” said Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.), who introduced the legislation in the

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