JBLM supports service members, families struggling with off-base housing payments | Item
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Life in the military can be tough, and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic only make it more difficult. For some military personnel, veterans and their families, the added worry of civilian layoffs and limited child care has impacted the financial stability of some households.
In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act established a nationwide moratorium on evictions to prevent an excessive number of evictions due to inability to pay housing costs on time . The eviction ban does not cancel overdue rent payments. Under the CARES Act, tenants are still required to pay but cannot be evicted for default or charged late.
For those struggling to find and afford housing off-base, Joint Base Lewis-McChord offers a variety of services through the JBLM Housing Services Office, Army Emergency Relief and Air Force Aid Society.
All active married and single service members assigned to JBLM, who receive a Basic Housing Allowance, may be eligible to participate in the Rental Partnership Program.
“RPP helps JBLM service members and their families find affordable, off-base housing,” said Judy Sak, branch manager of the JBLM Housing Services office. “The intention is to help ease the financial stress of moves and other major transitions by encouraging landlords to offer a five percent reduction or more on monthly rent, waive security deposits and audit fees.” credit.”
For those struggling with rents and security deposits or emergency financial situations, AER and AFAS can offer assistance through grants, low interest loans and combinations. both.
“Our team provides support to families in active duty, retired, medically retired, survivors and more,” said Jennifer Snyder, JBLM AER specialist. “Members using AER may be eligible for financial assistance for initial rent and deposit, utility deposits, telephone, and other costs associated with securing housing.
In the event that a member of their family’s service cannot pay their rent or mortgage, the AER and AFAS may be able to assist them if the missed payment is due to large unforeseen bills such as medical or funeral expenses.
“The AFAS program offers many of the same opportunities as the AER, but it is more suited to Air Force personnel and their families,” said Diana Burr, JBLM AFAS officer. “We are committed to providing emergency financial assistance to eligible Airmen and their families. Whether the need is big or small, we’re ready to help. “
For more information on RPP on JBLM, visit: https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php/my-Joint-Base-Lewis-Mcchord/all-services/directorate-public-works/rental-partnership-program
For more information about AER on JBLM, visit: https://jblm.armymwr.com/programs/AER
For more information about AFAS on JBLM, visit: https://jblm.armymwr.com/programs/air-force-aid-society
JBLM News: https://www.army.mil/jblm
Joint Base Lewis-McChord: https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php