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2008 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

NEW YORK

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Updated December 12, 2007

Below are the rates of tax-free housing allowance (Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH) that are provided to enlisted military personnel (with dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense in the state of NEW YORK , for calendar year 2008.

In calendar year 2004, service members living "on the economy" paid an average of 3.5 percent of the housing costs out-of-pocket. That percentage dropped to zero in calendar year 2005, and has remained at zero ever since. Housing allowance rates are based upon rank, location, and whether or not a member has dependents.

The Department of Defense (DOD) employs Runzheimer International to collect the nation-wide housing cost data that they use to compute BAH. Additionally, DOD obtains current data from multiple sources, employing a "checks and balances" approach to ensure reliability and accuracy. Current residential vacancies, identified in local newspapers and real estate rental listings, are an important source of data. Vacancies are selected at random, and subjected to a screening process. Telephone interviews establish the availability and exact location of each unit sampled. DOD has designed the sample to obtain a statistical confidence level of 95% or higher. DOD also contacts apartment and real estate management companies to identify units for rental pricing. It is not uncommon for DOD to consult real estate professionals in a locality to obtain confirmation and additional sources of data. Where available, DOD contacts fort/post/base housing referral offices, to tap local military expertise and gain insights into the local concerns of military. Finally, DoD and the Services conduct on-site evaluations at various locations to confirm and ensure reliability and accuracy of the cost data.

For localities in the state of NEW YORK not shown on the chart below, see the DOD BAH Database.

2008 NEW YORK BAH Rates:

2008 BAH

Locality E-1 - E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
BALLSTON SPA/ALBANY, NY 1195 1312 1473 1485 1498 1585
BUFFALO, NY 1005 1150 1186 1257 1335 1455
WEST POINT, NY 1436 1601 1878 1986 2105 2238
LONG ISLAND, NY 2084 2238 2673 2732 2797 2878
NEW YORK CITY, NY 2367 2444 2575 2602 2632 2675
ROCHESTER, NY 1089 1197 1245 1315 1393 1521
ROME/GRIFFISS AFB, NY 838 915 1124 1205 1294 1369
SENECA ARMY DEP/SYRACUSE, NY 920 1038 1205 1296 1397 1484
FORT DRUM/WATERTOWN, NY 1052 1121 1338 1413 1496 1556
BINGHAMTON/ITHACA, NY 1062 1180 1566 1666 1777 1932
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY 1843 2000 2611 2696 2789 2885
STATEN ISLAND, NY 1704 1901 2222 2313 2413 2518
POTSDAM, NY 850 923 1086 1092 1099 1127
KINGSTON/SAUGERTIES, NY 1231 1276 1768 1811 1859 1924

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