BRAC Impacted Personnel
The Homeowners Assistance Program, commonly referred to as HAP, is authorized by Section 1013 of the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966, as amended. It authorizes the Secretary of Defense to provide financial aid to eligible military (including Coast Guard), civilian, certain overseas employees, and nonappropriated fund employee homeowners who have served or have been employed at or near military installations which the Department of Defense (DoD) has ordered to be closed or whose operations have been significantly reduced and where real estate values have declined because of the announced closure or realignment.
For a HAP to be implemented, there 1) must be an announcement of a base closure or realignment action, and 2) a determination must be made that real estate values have dropped as a direct result of that announcement. Following an announcement of a base closure or realignment action, the local command may submit a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for approval and implementation of a HAP. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will analyze the community’s real estate market, conduct market impact studies, and make a recommendation to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing, and Partnerships) for a final determination. If it is determined that an announcement caused a significant decline in the residential real estate market, a HAP may be approved. If a HAP for BRAC Impacted Personnel is approved, it will be administered by the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with the Installation Commander.