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Commentary | Sept. 29, 2021

Temporary increase in BAH rates for Certain MHAs that have experienced abnormal rental cost increases due to COVID-2019

By Coast Guard Office of Military Policy

The financial landscape has affected many of us especially those that have relocated this year. In addition to the temporary extension in the temporary lodging expense (TLE) increase that was previously announced, the Secretary of Defense has authorized a temporary basic allowance for housing (BAH) increase for affected members within 56 military housing areas (MHA) in the U. S. These temporary rates are effective from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021 until the calendar year 2022 (CY22) rates are effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The effects of COVID-19 on the rental market have been noteworthy in many locations. The temporary BAH increases are expected to help offset larger than anticipated out-of-pocket costs for members that have experienced COVID-19 related housing costs in excess of their present BAH rates.

Members who can validate costs above and beyond their present BAH rate in the selected MHAs should visit the Coast Guard’s Office of Military Policy website and have their command certify their application and submit to PSC for approval. The increased BAH rates are only payable to members who certify incurring higher costs and only payable during the three-month period indicated above. 

Resources:

  • COVID-19: Temporary Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rate Increase ALCOAST 355/21
  • MyCG article: Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) is extended in some cases