Representative William Owens (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2097, The Military Families Affordable Homes Act, on June 2. The bill would exclude military service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH) for purposes of determining eligibility for the low income housing tax credit program. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means and has no cosponsors.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) attempted to pass a similar provision in the 111th Congress but was unsuccessful. Both the House and Senate have considered and failed the BAH exclusion provisions in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
NLIHC previously submitted testimony on the issue and continues to assert that such income exclusion would result in competition between service members and civilian low income households who are seeking housing under federal programs, and that the Department of Defense should instead provide adequate salaries or housing allowances to its military families (see Memo, 2/10/06).
To view a television news story on the bill featuring commentary from NLIHC staff, visit http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/546068/plan-to-get-more-housing-in-fort-drum-area/