Navy Housing Service Centers (HSCs) offer a host of free services to service members, including home finding assistance, cost savings programs such as the Rental Partnership Program (RPP) and landlord-tenant issue resolution. Often, service members come to the HSC looking for housing in the community, but aren’t sure what they can afford with their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Navy HSCs are available to walk service members through what their BAH rate will buy in the local community, and help them consider local factors to ensure housing affordability across their entire tours.
BAH rates are comprised of three components: rent, utilities, and renter’s insurance. Over time, as rank and dependent status changes, the amount of BAH a service member receives will fluctuate. BAH is also location-dependent, and since it is adjusted annually, may change over the course of a tour even when there is no change of duty station. These variations and the local nature of BAH are important considerations when looking for a home. For a personalized explanation of BAH, contact or visit your local HSC. Find Navy Housing on Facebook and Twitter.
January 2013 Family Connection Newsletter