Benefits: 1) Reduced transportation time 2) Reduced automobile emissions 3) Reduced gasoline consumption 4) Less employee stress 5) Less employee turnover 6) Greater job satisfaction 7) Government will profit on loans A common situation at most facilities is that many employees drive great distances to and from work. This is because housing can be found cheaper in certain areas or even by living out of state. A solution... more »
Develop alternatives to field built access ramps for temporary disaster housing. Current approaches generally require field construction using lumber and plywood of ramps for families with accessibility needs. These ramps may also not provide an even surface or effective hand holds for the resident’s access to the housing unit. Not only are the ramps constructed in the field expensive, they are not reusable. Site built... more »
Housing Processes for Military Members - The DOD needs to review the housing assignment and travel policies for the service members. We waste countless thousands of dollars per year with Servicemembers and their families living in hotels at their new duty location because they can get little to no informaton and cannot add their name to the gaining installation's housing list until they get there and sign in. The amount... more »
What: Redesign the Section-8 program into a Transitional Housing Program (THP). How: The idea is to transform the current program into a program that will help individuals and their families transition into independent status within 6 months. This program will restructure the Section-8 funding. Average families typically stay in the program for 2-3 years if not longer, and HUD currently pays market rate for this service.... more »
Housing Assistance Program expansion needed in critical states to avoid foreclosure of homes for military. Amend the law to expand the period of participation in HAP to include homes bought in all of 2006 by military. Current plan limits to homes bought in 30 June 2006 and this is causing many military to face foreclosure, bankruptsy, risk their security clearnance, or even discharge early from service.
Foreign Service officers should be entitled to the same Congressional protections enjoyed by our military. For example, military members on orders must be released from a residential lease contract to allow them to leave when ordered and may not be charged for the rest of the month's rent or endure penalties. Additionally, hotels, housing, and airlines should be prohibited from having a "Government Rate" that is actually... more »
Secretary Donovan told Congress, "My many years of experience in dealing with affordable housing on a large scale—both in New York and overseeing HUD's multifamily assisted housing programs during the 1990's—have drilled home two key lessons. First, it is far more costly to build new units than to preserve 2 existing affordable housing. And, second, an affordable housing project can limp along for some time with piecemeal,... more »
Give incentives to allow TDYers and perhaps even single people who would be interested to share housing. For a full tour, each person could get an equal incentive; for a TDY tour, the host could get a larger incentive than the hosted person, but both would receive something. This would save the government on expensive short-term and full-tour housing and give single people another option other than living alone. (Housing... more »
I suggest you to pay off the difference in home value (original – current) and provide opportunity so home owners can refinance with the current lower interest rates. In the current environment, home owners are in situation where they can not make the current mortgage payment (with original home value) but are capable of paying after refinancing with lower interest rate and current home values. This will definitely... more »
The White House Housing and DHS National Housing Committees should work with Social Serve to build a housing inventory that is updated daily so at a moments notice available housing availability can be known.
I think we need to stop paying hotels for the time we spend in training and purchase properties for housing. This would take advantage of the current housing market and give the government a long term investment. I understand that this is not possible in all states but in DC and Dallas or other places where there is a signifcant amount of training it would save a tremendous amount of money to the government. For example,... more »
With regard to government housing and utilities, I suggest a monthly or quarterly award be established recognizing the employee in each area who uses the least amount of energy (or with regard to families, the least amount per person). When one stops footing the bill for their water/electricity/gas usage, one often stops remembering to conserve. While many of our public servants conserve as much as possible, whenever... more »
The feds should redirect the money currently being wasted in the Make Home Affordable act and move directly lend the money to borrowers in the form of refinancing the existing mortgage(s) as it was intended. This would be similar to the Ford Direct Lending program that the department of education provides for student loans. This eliminates the process of going through the banks, time, and is more efficient. You could... more »
I suggest you instill a program to "deconstruct" old buildings and homes and recycle the materials to build new structures. Currently, there are many buildings and homes across America that are beyond repair, abandoned and unsafe. I suggest you create a program to deconstruct, or take apart, these homes and reuse the materials. A program could be developed, supplemented by government funds, to form companies that would... more »
With the growth of the U.S. populaton and the increasing responsibilities of the Federal Goverment, Direct (Federal Hires) and Indirect (Contractor's and Lobbyists) Jobs are disporportionally (with respect to the other 48 states) located in the DC/VA/MD area. The Federal Goverment pays significant direct costs (higher locality pay) and indirect costs (stimulus programs in the underperforming states, environmental costs,... more »