The MHA strongly supports policies that protect tenant rights, increase the purchasing power of military families, and maintain the financial sustainability of the MHPI program. MHA members continue to advocate for the following policies with our military partners and Congress.
Utilizing the Tenant Bill of Rights
MHA members continue to work with each Service Branch to ensure residents understand and utilize each right available to them under the Tenant Bill of Rights. It is vital that military housing providers, installation housing offices, and federal officials educate residents about their rights and the processes put in place to administer those rights.
Covering 100% of Housing Costs for Service Members
Current law forces many military families to pay unaffordable out-of-pocket housing costs, with some families incurring monthly expenses between $200-$1,000. Since 2019, the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) has been designed to cover, on average, 95% of housing costs for active-duty service members not living in MHPI housing. Increasing the BAH to cover 100% of housing costs will strengthen the financial security of military families.
Accurate BAH Calculation
MHA members support a more transparent process to develop BAH rates that more accurately reflect market rates. In 2021, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the DoD may have often set BAH rates inaccurately. Last year, Congress directed the DoD to compile a report evaluating the Department’s processes for calculating BAH and consider methods to improve accuracy. The MHA supports this initiative. More accurate BAH rates will increase the financial stability of each military community investment.