Housing Hype: 2021 Overseas Housing Allowance Utility Survey

This survey runs from March 1-31.

About the survey: This survey is used to measure utility/recurring maintenance and move-in expenses incurred by uniformed service members stationed overseas. This survey does not include rental expenses. The data collected will assist in the determination of Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA) paid to members in your country of assignment. Your response will be treated as confidential. Only group statistics will be reported.

Authority: 10 USC 136 and 37 USC 403(c).

Participation: Participation in this survey is voluntary. Failure to respond will not result in a penalty. However, maximum response is encouraged so that data will be representative of the location.

Instructions: To ensure that this survey results in valid utility and move-in housing allowances, report all your utility and move-in expenses. PLEASE complete the survey in its entirety. Incomplete surveys cannot be used as this might result in underreporting of utility/recurring maintenance and move-in expenses.

To prepare for the utility expenses portion of the survey, gather your actual bills or records of utility and recurring maintenance expenses for the last 12 months. For the move-in expenses portion of the survey, gather bills and any records of expenses associated with making your residence livable.

Estimated time to complete survey: 30 minutes

Survey link: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/ohaSurvey.cfm?ID=mar-util

Country point of contact:

Allowances Branch

  • DSN: 312-372-1300
  • Comm: 571-372-1300
  • Email: dodhra.mc-alex.dtmo.mbx.allowances-branch@mail.mil