Why does this just apply to E1-E6? Why not O1-O4 too?
“We will kill Bin Laden. We will crush Al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."
- Barack Obama, Oct 2008.
Okay, so again, this is NOT an issue of "Oh no, ALL E1-E6 will have to live on base!". This is simply a policy akin to Airmen in the dormitories; military family housing will be kept at a 98% occupancy rate before FAMILIIES first are allowed to live off-base.
Well, again, newsflash...Lakenheath housing is maxed out. There is a 4-8 month waiting list just to move in. The sky isn't falling, Chicken Littles...
I lived over there in the base housing in Thetford. I was scared cause they told us that Thetford is horrible to live in and that your cars will be broken into and houses will be tore up. Well the worst thing that happened while over there is a group of gypsies (sp) was located down the street and a few bikes were stolen. It wasnt horrible, it was GREAT! Did most of our shopping off base and most of our fun we did right there in Thetford or other close by places. Last I heard is that they were closing down that housing and trying to get everyone on base, but base housing wait time was well over 8 months. I dont see how this policy will work.
A smarter policy would be to lower the OHA. The local letting agencies know exactly what our caps are and price their properties to match that. It's not a mystery why I pay close to £900 for a house that a UK national would probably only pay about £250-400 for per month! For a single E5, £500-600/month tops will get a more-than-decent accommodation. The landlords & the letting agents will adjust accordingly.
Also, lower the recurring maintenance/utility allowance. I bank a majority of it; it's ridiculous. The biggest money-vampire is filling up the oil tank if you have a oil-fired boiler.
Here's a comedy for you all. There used to be a military housing area in Thetford for officers and SNCOs; it was turned over from the base a few years ago. A local letting agency teamed up with some investors from London, bought the properties, and now they rent those same properties out to military members (families and singles alike)!
We built them.
We subsidized them.
We turned them over to the MoD (now DIO).
They sold them.
Now the AF pays in the form of OHA for people to live there.
The MFR from the 48th wing king stated there were 323 vacant houses. There is a waiting list for Liberty Village because the rest of the housing is slum. The memo (Emailed from my shirt) said if you have less than 18 months left on station you wont be affected. I'm glad I was at the cutoff for Liberty Village when they stopped allowing you to "Reserve" it. I waited 13 months to get in here and love it. I can fit both my cars in my 1 car garage where in Red Lodge I couldn't get my small car in it without climbing through the sunroof to get out. It took me 8 minutes from the time I pulled out of my driveway till I walked in the door at work when I lived at Red Lodge. Now its 20 minutes. If they could just do something about the Trash guys.....
Oh yeah there will be a preference to live at Moldyhole if you work there or Feltwell if you work there. Feltwell has a bunch of empty houses also.
Last edited by Nic; 01-08-2012 at 06:25 PM.
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