DOD Official Says There’s Progress on Privatized Housing Improvements

Providing quality housing to families is the Defense Department’s highest priority, a DOD official said today.

Privatized housing is located on installations, and about 30% of military members and their families reside there. Most of the remaining military personnel live off-post or in barracks for single people.

In the past, the department “took its eye off the ball” overseeing privatized housing on installations, the official said.

However, the housing today is in much better condition than it was, but more work remains, the official said.

The official said some improvements include:

  • Publication and implementation of a Tenant Bill of Rights
  • Improved communications and transparency with service members, lawmakers and the public
  • Additional personnel to oversee the success of housing improvements
  • Improved housing inspection
  • Focusing the attention of leadership and landlords on helping residents achieve their rights.

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Author: Dian Welle