Nationwide survey on privatized base housing underway
By JANNETTE PIPPIN | The Daily News | Published: February 1, 2019
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — An effort is now underway to gather information from military families about their experience in living in privatized base housing.
Shannon Razsadin, executive director of the Military Family Advisory Network, said 99 percent of domestic military housing is privatized and MFAN is working with the Senate Armed Services Committee to share the experiences military families have had with base housing.
MFAN has initiated a questionnaire that is open to families who are currently living in privatized base housing or have over the past three years.
“MFAN has been tracking this issue for months now,” Razsadin said in response to questions from The Daily News. “We developed this questionnaire to provide an outlet for military families to share their experiences. In the first 24-hours that this questionnaire has been open, we’ve received 4,000 responses demonstrating the urgency of the issue and the reach of our organization.”
Razsadin added that in the first 48 hours they have had 6,181 military families participate. Those who have responded to date have reported problems with mold, lead paint, carbon monoxide and pests.
Visit research.net/r/PrivatizedHousing to complete the online questionnaire. The questionnaire is anonymous unless a respondent chooses to be identified. The deadline for completing the survey is midnight Feb. 6.
Razsadin said the results of the survey will be shared publicly, including the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“MFAN will also share this on our website and with any party that is interested in bringing attention to this issue and addressing the needs of military families,” she said. “Military families have enough to worry about, they should not have to worry about their health and safety in their own homes.