Senators Scold Pentagon Leaders Over Reports Of Widespread Safety Hazards Plaguing Homes On Military Bases
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) pledged to make military housing reform the subject of further Senate hearings and said Congress must halt the problems. The problem came to light when Reuters reported that the living conditions for families on military bases were often slum-like and unsafe.
Senators Vow Urgent Reform To Correct 'Unacceptable' Military Housing Conditions
U.S. Senators scolded real estate executives and Pentagon leadership over "unacceptable" conditions in privatized military housing on Wednesday, vowing urgent reform to protect service families from widespread health and safety hazards in base homes. At Senate Armed Services Committee hearings in response to Reuters reports describing U.S. military families facing squalid living conditions, lawmakers proposed fixes to hold private landlords and military branches accountable for hazards including peeling lead paint, mold and vermin infestations. (2/13)
Military Survey Finds Deep Dissatisfaction With Family Housing On U.S. Bases
A new survey of military families living on U.S. bases found most are dissatisfied with their housing, often citing serious health and safety hazards – results that counter years of Pentagon reports claiming soaring satisfaction rates among military housing tenants. The survey results, collected from nearly 15,000 families currently or recently living in privatized military housing, were released hours before Senate hearings called to probe living conditions on U.S. bases. (Pell and Schneyer, 2/13)