Housing options and assistance Defence offers housing options and assistance for members. Find out what you can get. Service residences You may be able to live in a Service residence if you don't own a suitable home in your housing benefit location. Rent allowance Rent allowance helps cover costs when renting in the private market. Living-in accommodation (LIA) Living-in accommodation (LIA) is barrack-style accommodation usually provided on-base. Buying or selling a home Defence offers financial assistance to help members buy and sell a home. Flexible housing trial You can apply to live further away from where you work under the flexible housing trial.