CRITICAL HOUSING AREAS (CHA)

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SUBJ/CRITICAL HOUSING AREAS (CHA)//



REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 11101.43A/02MAR99//
REF/B/RMG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/171957ZJAN07//
REF/C/RMG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/061155ZFEB08//
REF/D/DOC/OPNAVINST 7220.12/24DEC05//
NARR/REF A IS THE DIRECTIVE THAT DEFINES CRITERIA FOR CRITICAL HOUSING 
AREAS (CHA).  REF B IS THE 2007 CHA LISTING, NAVADMIN 009/07. REF C IS 
CHANGE TO BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH) POLICIES RELATING TO CHA.  
REF D AUTHORIZES HOUSING ALLOWANCE PAYMENT BASED ON DEPENDENTS LOCATION 
RATHER THAN MEMBER'S ACTUAL PERMANENT DUTY STATION (PDS) IN CONUS WHEN 
CAUSED BY CONDITIONS AT THE NEW DUTY STATION.//

RMKS/1. PER REF A, THIS NAVADMIN PROVIDES AN UPDATED LISTING OF CHA AND 
SUPERCEDES REF B.  PER REFS C AND D, MEMBERS SEPARATED FROM THEIR 
DEPENDENTS AND ASSIGNED TO A PDS WITHIN A MILITARY HOUSING AREA (MHA) 
DESIGNATED AS A CHA MAY REQUEST TO DRAW BAH BASED ON THE CURRENT 
PERMANENT RESIDENCE LOCATION OF DEPENDENTS VICE THE LOCATION OF THE 
MEMBER'S PDS.

2. THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED IN REF B NO LONGER MEET THE 
CRITERIA FOR CHA DESIGNATION:  SAN DIEGO, CA; YAKIMA, WA; MOSCOW, ID; 
NEW ORLEANS, LA; GULFPORT, MS; MARINETTE, WI.  IAW REFS C AND D MEMBERS 
WITH APPROVED CHA BENEFITS AT THESE LOCATIONS MAY RETAIN THEIR BENEFITS 
THROUGH THE DURATION OF THEIR CURRENT ASSIGNMENT.  WAIVER REQUESTS WILL 
BE SUBMITTED TO PERS-451H AND WILL BE HANDLED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

3. CHA DESIGNATED LOCATIONS/MHA'S:  NONE.

4. FOR OCONUS ACTIVITIES (EXCEPT HAWAII/ALASKA), CHA DESIGNATION DOES 
NOT PERTAIN.  IAW REF D PAYMENT OF CONUS BAH IS AUTHORIZED WHEN THE 
PRIMARY DEPENDENT ESTABLISHES A RESIDENCE OR RESIDES IN CONUS INCIDENT 
TO A MEMBER'S TRANSFER IN AN UNACCOMPANIED STATUS AT AN OCONUS PDS.

5. THIS NAVADMIN WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  REQUEST 
WIDEST DISSEMINATION.

6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON FAMILY HOUSING IS AVAILABLE AT: 
HTTP://WWW.HOUSING.NAVY.MIL/ONESTOP.

7. RELEASED BY P. M. TAMBURRINO, N4B.//

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