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Fort Belvoir family housing

Defense leaders seek input from residents through online survey

Development of a bill of rights for those living in privatized Defense Department housing is underway, and DoD is seeking the input of residents, the assistant defense secretary for sustainment announced in a memo. In the memo, Robert H. McMahon invited residents of privatized family and unaccompanied housing to take part in an online survey to provide feedback on a draft bill of rights aimed at identifying the basic privatized housing rights of Service members and their families. The acting secretary of defense, in conjunction with the secretaries of the military departments, is proposing a Resident Bill of Rights as part of a continued commitment to address concerns raised about privatized housing.

As a key part of this effort, department leaders have been working to develop a Military Housing Privatization Initiative Resident Bill of Rights. Throughout the drafting process, they have engaged with Congress; military and veteran service organizations; and housing partners to obtain their input. As they move toward a final version of the MHPI Resident Bill of Rights, department leaders are seeking feedback from Service members and families who live in privatized housing through an online survey.

McMahon said the department is committed to addressing the concerns of Service members and their families.

Service members and families who reside in privatized housing are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft resident bill of rights through the online survey (Office of Management and Budget number 0704-0553; OMB Expiration Date March 31, 2022) that will be sent to them via email — only one person per address will receive this email — but participation in the survey is completely voluntary. All respondent information will be kept confidential and will not be linked to the feedback results shared with DoD.

The survey has already had a rolling release to residents, June 13-16. The survey will close on July 15. If MHPI residents have questions or need technical support, or if no member of their household received an email with a survey link by Tuesday, they may contact CEL & Associates Inc. by email at: BillofRightsFeedback@celassociates.com. Residents are asked to identify their installation and complete their street address on any emails. Feedback on the draft bill of rights must be provided through the survey, not to this email address.