A Twitter chat is like a meeting on Twitter; it has a specific discussion topic and a scheduled start time. Using the hashtag #MilCents at the end of each tweet, MFAN will ask questions to a group of financial experts.
It’s been exactly one year since MFAN shared the results of the 2019 Privatized Military Housing Survey with Congress. Since the first Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on February 12, 2019, we’ve shared what we’ve learned widely, we’ve met with the Department of Defense, with several of the Services, with GAO, with nonprofit and business entities who are committed to rallying together to fix this because we all know one thing for certain: military families deserve a safe place to live, raise their families, and call home.
Yesterday, MFAN hosted the first Military Housing Roundtable. We were joined by Senator Warner and Senator Tillis, an overt demonstration of the bipartisan support this issue has, as well as leaders from the Department of Defense, Services, advocates, military and veteran service organizations, as well as organizations that focus on environmental standards, equitable housing, supporting military families through moves, and more.
This convening isn’t about rehashing what we already know, it is about working toward solutions, learning from each other, and meaningful collaboration. Ultimately, military families don’t care who creates the solution; they just want these issues fixed. In 2019 we heard from nearly 17,000 military families who live in privatized military housing, it is important to remember that while these issues are addressed, we can’t forget the 70 percent of military families who don’t live in military housing, who live on the economy and in communities. This roundtable seeks to serve all military families regardless of where they choose to live.
Today, we are sharing some key topics discussed and takeaways from the meeting:
I left the meeting yesterday inspired. The amount of goodwill— most clearly demonstrated by our partners and sponsors at Wells Fargo— in the room was overwhelming. This group will meet quarterly, and we are committed to impact that military families can see and feel. We are all honored to do this work. On behalf of the entire MFAN team, thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to join us. Let’s do this!
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