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  • 1.  Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 27 days ago

    Happy Tuesday Research & Policy Community!

    Last week when the Quality of Life Panel met with Senior Enlisted Leaders, many of those leaders mentioned housing as a major concern for families. 

    According to the 2022 MFLS, 55% of active-duty family respondents stated they prefer living in civilian housing. 

    What I want to know is what is your preferred housing situation and is there a reason your family prefers it?
    Does it make more sense for your family, are there more options, does your family dislike the housing on installation, or a completely different reason?



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    Kit Higgason, Research Manager
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  • 2.  RE: Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 26 days ago

    We have chosen to live off-post at the three duty stations at which we've lived because of waitlists and also because we prefer it. Civilian neighbors usually stick around longer and we have preferred the locations as they have more space or better proximity to city amenities. We'll see though, we're open!



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    Aria Spears
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  • 3.  RE: Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 24 days ago

    Hi Aria! 

    Thank you for replying! What kind of community amenities are important for your family that have you wanting to live off-post?



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    Kit Higgason
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  • 4.  RE: Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 25 days ago

    Hi Kristen, 

    Our family has elected to live off base for a for a variety of differnt reasons but I would like to address my top 5 if I may:

    • If we opt to live off base we have a choice in the school zone for our children - while many areas have school of choice it can often be super difficult to choice into schools.  Living in the community where your child goes to school is optimal.  
    • Space.  As a family of 5 we have always found more space outside by living off base.
    • Normalcy.  Intergrating into a community provides a sence of normalcy - while we  are  a military family - it doesn't have to define us.
    • Quality of the house- in our experience repairs have been made quicker/better in the civilian sector
    • Price- often you can get more bang for your buck off base, or at least have the option to downsize and save some money.  

    Hope this helps with your research!

    Crystal 



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    Crystal Griffin
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  • 5.  RE: Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 24 days ago

    Hi Crystal!

    I think the importance of children's education is at the top of so many military family's lists for many things, especially living situations. So, I can completely understand why that is on your list. By living off installation, does your family feel there is a higher sense of belonging in the civilian community you're living in? What types of things does your family look for in a community when living off installation?

    Thank you for chatting with us!



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    Kit Higgason
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  • 6.  RE: Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 21 days ago

    Hello, Kit! 

    It depends where we live. My family has lived both on and off installations. I know my children prefer on post living compared to living in a civilian neighborhood. My partner and I look at the cost of living in the area and make a decision that way. We currently live on a military installation. Living on post checked all our boxes in our needs, a two care garage, a small backyard and the space we need for everything. We were looking at downsizing in some capacity if we chose to live off post, at least in the location we are at. Schools are important too, but by living on base we bypass any fees for requesting to move our kids to our school of choice. 



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    Sally Velez
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  • 7.  RE: Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 21 days ago

    Hi Sally!

    What do your kids prefer about living on installation? Does your family have a favorite installation they've lived on so far?

    Thank you for being part of the community!



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    Kit Higgason [Research Manager]
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  • 8.  RE: Housing On and Off Installation

    Posted 21 days ago

    Hello! 

    My kids like living on a military installation because they like being around others who understand what they go through as military children. Where we currently live has been our favorite. There are neighborhood get-togethers when the weather is nice, and a very active USO on this installation does A TON of events. 



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    Sally Velez
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