Under a U.S. Air Force plan to privatize
its housing, military families would no
longer live rent-free at Malmstrom Air
Force Base near Great Falls. The Air
Force has proposed turning over the
construction, renovation and demolition
of base housing to a private developer
by October 2010.
Recognizing that private developers
could furnish base accommodations
more efficiently than the government,
the Defense Department began entering
into housing contracts in 1996. Currently
more than two-thirds of family housing
units at air bases in the continental United
States are run by private landlords.
Military families receive a basic housing
allowance that they use to pay rent.
At Malmstrom the Air Force would
award a 50-year contract to a single
developer, who would also build, operate
and maintain housing at bases in
Wyoming and Missouri.