By Jim Hinnant, U.S. Army Forces Command Public AffairsNovember 9, 2009
FORT McPHERSON, Ga.- About 200 U.S. Army Forces Command Headquarters Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians attended a Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Town Hall meeting, here, Nov. 4.
Army Realty Specialist and Assistant National Program Manager for HAP Lee Bevins traveled to the Atlanta-based post to present vital information to members of the FORSCOM workforce considering their relocation options as the Army's largest command headquarters prepares to move to Fort Bragg, N.C.
Information dispensed during the town hall meeting focused on a Department of Defense program, expanded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides monetary benefit to wounded, ill or injured members of the armed forces, surviving spouses of fallen warriors, PCSing service members and DOD civilians impacted by BRAC 2005.
Bevins emphasized to the Army civilians attending the town hall that they should avail themselves of the HAP and the Defense National Relocation Program as each of these is a separate benefit that can be combined to further minimize the financial impact of having to sell a home as their jobs relocate to Ft. Bragg not later than Sept. 15, 2011.
She emphasized the importance of doing everything possible to complete a private sale of the home and that moving the property through such a sale nearly always nets the employee more money than falling back on the government purchase option.
"Reduce the listing price until it (the home) sells," Bevins said. "That is always the best option, rather than having the government possibly buy it for 75% of the purchase price or the mortgage payoff."
Bevins cautioned that relocation assistance programs can be a bit complicated, but that help and counseling are available.
She said people with questions should visit the HAP website at www.hap.usace.army.mil or call the servicing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District office.
The toll-free telephone number for the HAP Field Office, U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah is (800) 861-8144.