Survey results lead to Overseas Housing Allowance increase

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
June 2, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany — Eligible service members will soon be seeing more money in their bank accounts, thanks to the results from the 2011 OHA Utility and Recurring Maintenance survey.

The increase, which raised the monthly utility allowance by 32 Euros to a total of 656 Euros, was based on data gathered through the OHA Utility and Recurring Maintenance survey taken by members receiving OHA in Germany. The increase will take effect June 16.

"Thank you to all who took the survey," said Marlena Walker, USAREUR's chief of financial management policy. "The increase is a tangible result of the time and effort put into taking the survey."

Department of Defense Military Advisory Panel members approved the increase May 31.

The next OHA Utility and Recurring Maintenance survey for Germany is scheduled for March 2012.