Accompanied members are now eligible for leased housing, regardless of paygrade, when the cost of adequate private-sector housing (as determined by the Local or Area Housing Officer) exceeds their total housing allowance (THA).
Previous policy restricted leased housing eligibility to accompanied members in paygrades E-1 to E-4, regardless of bedroom qualifications, and certain qualifying members in paygrades E-5 and E-6.
“In some communities, housing shortages have increased the cost and availability of private sector rental housing, making it difficult for members to obtain housing within their THA. In these cases, the Coast Guard Housing Officer can negotiate a lease commensurate with the family’s bedroom qualifications. The intent of this change is to help families and reduce field level administrative paperwork associated with requesting a waiver to policy,” according to James (Randy) Jeffery, U.S. Coast Guard Housing Management Division (CG-1333).
All other leased housing provisions contained in the Coast Guard Housing Manual remain in effect, including leased housing eligibility for unaccompanied members (Table 5-1), leased housing bedroom eligibility (Table 5-2) and leased property priorities (apartments, condominiums, townhouses, duplexes, etc.). Per ALCOAST 250/23, these changes will be incorporated in the next update of the Coast Guard Housing manual. Direct questions regarding eligibility and this change to HQS-SMB-CG-HOUSING@USCG.MIL.