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Fort Hood to Receive 6,000 New and Refurbished Housing Units

Public-Private Partnership Fulfills President Bush’s Pledge to Improve Military Housing

Washington, DC, April 12, 2001 -- As part of President George W. Bush’s commitment to improve military housing, the Office of Management and Budget today announced a public-private partnership that will build and refurbish 6,000 housing units at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The initiative was developed with the Department of the Army and the Secretary of Defense.

The housing improvement initiative will replace and refurbish up to 6,000 units at Fort Hood and will set a new standard of quality for Army communities. The plan calls for nearly 1,000 new four-bedroom units in the next five years and major renovations on 1,400 units by expanding and improving living space.

Enhanced landscapes, parks, and recreational areas will foster community and make the base more attractive. Upon completion, all of the housing at Fort Hood will have been replaced or improved. The project will be the largest military housing initiative ever completed by this type of partnership, virtually doubling the number of units privatized to date. The administration proposal will be sent to Congress for approval.

OMB Director Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. said, "President Bush is committed to safe, up-to-date, and comfortable communities for America’s service men and women and their families. Today’s action will begin to address the widespread problem of inadequate and substandard housing on our military bases."

Contact: Jennifer Wood, OMB Communications Office, 202.395.7254.


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