For the approximately 1 million service members and their families who receive BAH (Basic Housing Allowance) and live off the installation, the 5% increase for 2014 is a welcome change! That’s the largest increase in five years and results in an average of $80 more for military families.
While rates and rental markets vary from installation to installation, BAH rates are set with the intention that the amount cover 100% of the average off – installation housing costs. The most significant increases in 2014 were seen in Hawaii, Fort Hood and Fort Gordon, with rates raising between 11- 15% to reflect the increasing cost of housing in those areas and by a food cost index prepared by the Department of Agriculture.
The changes also included some reductions. Decreases of 3-6% will be instituted in 2014 for Bremerton, Washington, Beale AFB in California and Hampton Roads in Virgina. BAH drops reflect the weaker housing market in those areas and the falling cost of renting. Fortunately for service member located in areas assigned a decrease, the Individual Rate Protection Policy guarantees that their BAH will remain at their current rate until they PCS.
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