By Richard J. Buddin

Army family members housing is a significant-and expensive-benefit, costing the dep. of safeguard (DoD) approximately $10 billion every year. simply because such a lot housing experiences have desirous about the price of on-base housing as opposed to the price of offering allowances for rented or owned off-base housing, the authors investigated the personal tastes of army households for kinds of housing and the criteria that effect their offerings. provider individuals file that the industrial advantages of on-base housing are the main significant component through a long way in housing choice, perceiving an unlimited distinction in worth among army housing and off-base housing allowances. All different elements, reminiscent of a supportive feel of army neighborhood, lag a long way at the back of economic climate in influencing selection. ultimate the distance in fiscal disparity among on- and off-base housing, and embellishing courses that relief carrier individuals in paying for off-base lodgings, would offer the best gain to prone and participants.

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The same fraction lived in mixed military-civilian neighborhoods and only one-fifth lived in primarily military neighborhoods. In addition to asking how well military housing supports families in general, the survey also asked respondents to indicate how well their families were supported. 11). 11 Percentage of Families Receiving a Lot of Support, Some Support, or No Support from Neighbors Altogether, the evidence from the survey does not point to a critical role for military housing in supporting families.

The survey collects a comprehensive set of housing-related information, but the survey was conducted at a selected set of military bases. The second approach utilizes information from the 1990 Census and allows us to compare housing decisions of military families with those of comparable civilians. The Census information lacks the housing detail of our new housing survey, but it covers the full spectrum of locations where military families live in the United States. By combining these two approaches, we are able to develop a comprehensive picture of the housing situation for military families and answer the study questions.

Census data. Page 7 Chapter Two Overview of Study This chapter contains an overview of our major research findings. The results address four questions about military families: How and why do families choose the housing they live in? What are families' attitudes toward living in military communities? What are the cost differences? How do the housing decisions of military and civilian families compare? We used the following approach to answer these questions. 2 Using these variables, we carried out a cluster analysis to identify 1 A more detailed description of the administration of the housing survey is provided in Appendices A, B, C, and D.

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