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Housing Market Crisis Assistance for Soldiers and Families

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National Preparedness Month

Sept. 11: Patriot Day

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Housing Market Crisis Assistance for Soldiers and Families

What is it?

The nation is experiencing a housing market crisis. The current housing situation in the United States continues to affect our Soldiers and families who have purchased homes; those living in rentals in the local communities surrounding our posts, camps, and stations; and government directed moves for permanent change of station and BRAC 2005 directed relocations.

Why is it important to the Army?

It is important that the stress of military moves is reduced by making sure our Soldiers are receiving up-to-date information and that they and their chain of command are aware of and have a complete understanding of the programs available across the spectrum of sources.

Information, training and resources are available to Soldiers and families that can help overcome many housing and financial challenges created by the housing market crisis. This information can be obtained through commanders, command sergeants major, first sergeants, housing services army community services, local Judge Advocate General (JAG) offices, Army Emergency Relief and the Army OneSource.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and other federal and private sector agencies are aggressively working programs to provide help, information and support during these challenging housing times.

The garrison chain of command, housing services, community services and Army OneSource have Information, training, and resources available to Soldiers, families, and civilians to confidentially overcome housing and financial challenges, before they lead to unfavorable credit reports or actions.

Robert Wilson, assistant chief of staff for Installation Management and the commanding general of the Installation Management Command has offered assistance from his staff. If requested they will go to installations to assist in town hall meetings, housing and financial information fairs, and provide additional training as it relates to these programs.

Resources:

Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

Housing Assistance Program (HAP)

Military OneSource

Army OneSource

Military Homefront

Army Housing OneStop

Automated Housing Referral Network

Army JAG

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