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Housing and Child Care in the Same Building? Lawmakers Want Study of Idea to Ease Twin Problems Facing Troops

May 20, 2024

Rebecca Kheel

A Family Child Care provider at Fort Campbell, sings with children during circle time, Feb. 8, 2024. (Kayla Cosby/U.S. Army)

By Rebecca Kheel, / May 17, 2024

As service members struggle with both housing availability and child care access, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers thinks they have a solution: Why not put them in the same building?

A bill being introduced Friday by Reps. Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., and Jen Kiggans, R-Va., would make the military services study the possibility of building apartment-style military housing that also includes child care centers.

"Having a safe and affordable place to live and raise your kids is a critical component of our national security, because without it, our service members can't focus on their mission," Jacobs said in a statement to ahead of the bill's release. "We need to continue thinking outside the box and pursue innovative solutions to improve the quality of life of our service members and military families."

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