Have your say in OHA – annual utility expenses survey now open

The Overseas Housing Allowance Survey is open from January 1 to March 31, 2024. Graphic by U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

Information from U.S. Army Europe and Africa

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart community members are invited to assist in completing the Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) survey up until March 31, 2024. This survey is used to measure utility/recurring maintenance expenses incurred by you and your family, as a military member stationed overseas residing in private housing.

The results of the survey directly impact the amount of housing allowance each service member receives, as the overseas housing allowance is a cost-reimbursement based allowance. Spouses are encouraged to complete the survey if the service member is unavailable.

According to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Military Compensation Policy Directorate, service members receiving OHA for off-post rental housing, except those sharing rent, should take the survey here.

The survey can be completed in under 15 minutes and the data collected assists in the determination of Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) paid to eligible members of the USAG Stuttgart community. 

How to complete the OHA survey

Click here to be taken directly to the survey. The estimated time to complete the survey is no longer than 15 minutes.

Spouses can complete the survey as long as their family is getting OHA, on behalf of their Service Member if the SM is unavailable – no DOD I.D is required to log on.

This year’s survey will capture actual utility expense and recurring maintenance expense amounts provided by participants, referencing utility bills and receipts for maintenance expenses or estimates of these expenses.

Reportable Utility/Recurring Maintenance expense items include the following:

Electricity; Natural gas for heating and cooking; bottled gas; Other household fuels such as kerosene, heating oil, coal, firewood; Sewer; Trash; Running water for residence; Bottled water for drinking; Rental insurance required by custom, law or lease; Maintenance and repair costs (excluding yard or lawn maintenance)     

The OHA Survey web link will be available until March 31, 2024.