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Military Families' Housing Benefits Lag as Rents Explode

Kate Needham, a veteran who co-founded the nonprofit Armed Forces Housing Advocates.

Kate Needham, a veteran who co-founded the nonprofit Armed Forces Housing Advocates.

Photographer: Gregory Bull/AP Photo

Associated Press (AP) -- When Kristin Martin found out her husband was being transferred to Naval Base San Diego, securing housing for their family of five quickly took over her life.

On-base housing wasn’t an option — the waitlist for a four-bedroom home in the neighborhoods they qualified for was 14 to 16 months.