Overseas Housing Allowance survey deadline extended to May 15

By Staff Sgt. Patricia Deal, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
April 21, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The online Overseas Housing Allowance and Move-In Housing Allowance survey for Germany and Belgium now runs through May 15.

The deadline has been extended to encourage more participation from those eligible service members, said Germany Country Allowance Coordinator William Gordon from the USAREUR G1, the command’s theater-level human resources provider.  “Full participation in this survey is essential as allowances will be updated based on the results,” he said. “The key to success is good participation and good data.”

The OHA survey is done annually to identify how much service members spent in the previous year for utilities such as electricity, heating fuel, water, trash removal, and sewer fees.

The MIHA survey, done every three years, captures how much service members spend on their off-post quarters when they initially moved in. MIHA is a one-time payment covering expenses such as purchasing major appliances or fees charged for turning on utilities.

This year’s survey combines the two components and should take about 45 minutes to complete. When filling out the survey, service members should have their actual bills or records for the last 12 months to provide accurate and complete information, Gordon said.

To complete the survey, click the OHA link on the USAREUR home page.