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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family HousingThe Housing Management Office (HMO) is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you.

When you arrive at Joint Base Lewis-McChord you must visit the HMO to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.

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Housing Services Office
Phone  (253) 982-5516
 (253) 982-5517
 Email the Housing Office
Address  Building 3209, Maple Street 
 JB Lewis-McChord, WA 98433
Hours of Operation  M-W & F - 8:00am-4:00pm
      Th      - 8:00am-3:00pm

Privatized Housing
 Lewis-McChord Communities
 Equity Residential
Phone  McChord - (253) 589-0523 
 Lewis - (253) 912-2150
Fax  (253) 912-2151
 Email Lewis-McChord Communities
Address  Building 3209, Maple Street
 JB Lewis-McChord, WA 98433
Hours of
 M,T,Th,F - 8:00am - 4:00pm
 W - 8:30am - 4:00pm
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Unaccompanied Housing 
Phone  (253) 982-7479
 Email the Housing Office
Address  566 Outer Circle Drive
 McChord Field, WA 
Hours of
 M-F - 7:30am - 4:30pm

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tabHousing Options at Joint Base Lewis-McChord 
Privatized Housing Unaccompanied Housing Housing in the Local Community

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) military family housing is privatized. Lewis-McChord Communities, LLC (Powered by Equity Residential) owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Equity Residential.

For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at JBLM visit the Lewis-McChord Communities website. The website provides information you need to know about the homes and amenities available in the privatized housing community.

Applying for Privatized Housing
Contact the HMO as soon as you know you are moving to JBLM. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about privatized housing and details about the application process. The HMO will also update you on any base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing.

Community Amenities
Privatized housing is comparable to housing in the local community and provides a wide variety of amenities and support services.

Community features such as community centers, resident activities, playgrounds, walking trails, and community parks are just some of the amenities you will find at Lewis-McChord Communities.

As a resident of privatized housing, contact the Property Management Office to obtain more specific information on the services available at your location.

Paying Rent for Privatized Housing
Similar to living in the local community, you will sign a tenant lease agreement, typically for a one-year term. Your lease includes a military clause and a lease termination clause. You pay your monthly rent by authorizing an allotment of your BAH that is paid directly to the Property Manager. If your move occurs prior to the allotment start date, then you will need to pay the pro-rated rent directly to the Property Manager. The Tenant Lease Agreement spells out all relevant rent payment terms and conditions.

Gas and Electric Utilities
Prospective residents should be aware that utilities are not free. Lewis-McChord Communities has fully implemented the Department of the Army's Residents' Responsibility Utility Program for electric and gas to encourage energy conservation. Utility program and conservation information is available on the Minol website. Click Here for more information.

Personal Property Insurance
You need to obtain legal liability and personal property insurance for your possessions and should choose the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle.

As part of the privatized housing at Lewis-McChord Communities, each active duty Service Member is provided with renter's insurance of $20,000 per unit, per occurrence, as part of your rent (some deductions may apply). This insurance provides a limited amount of coverage for personal property and may be extended to cover the personal property owned by family members and guests while it is on the resident's premises. The renter's insurance program also provides personal liability insurance of $100,000 (some restrictions may apply). Policy coverage is provided by Delos Insurance Co. Upon effective coverage date, Deans and Homer, the managing underwriter, will mail a complete policy including detailed information on how to handle claims, questions or changes to the policy. Deans and Homer Customer Service Department can be reached at (800) 548-1616.

Each Service Member is encouraged to supplement this basic renter's insurance based upon their personal assessment of the amount of property or liability coverage needed to protect their own interests. Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage.

Pet Information
Lewis-McChord Communities residents are limited to a maximum of four pets per dwelling unit.

The following dog breeds are not permitted in on-base family housing: Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Bull terrier or English Staffordshire Bull terrier), Rottweiler, Doberman Pincher, Chow, and wolf hybrid or any other breeds (including mixed breeds) that are deemed aggressive or potentially aggressive unless the dog is a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler/trainer.

Exotic animals such as reptiles, rodents (other than hamsters and guinea pigs), hedgehogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, squirrels, potbellied pigs, ocelots, coatimundis, ferrets, monkeys, snakes, prairie dogs, minks and farm animals are not allowed.

Pets must be registered with the JBLM Veterinary Treatment Facility and the Property Management Office within 10 calendar days of occupancy of on-base housing or when a current housing occupant acquires a new pet. The JBLM Veterinary Treatment Facility will issue tag numbers with proof of current vaccinations and micro chipping. Pet immunizations and micro chipping are available by appointment only.

The JBLM Veterinary Treatment Facility is located at Bldg 768, off Warehouse Road, McChord Field. The facility is open Monday - Thursday from 0800-1600 hours and on Friday from 0800-1500 hours and can be reached at (253) 982-3951 or through their website. Click Here for more information.
tabJoint Base Lewis McChord School Information 
The JBLM School Liaison Office can be reached at (253) 967-7195.

Clover Park School District operates six elementary schools on JBLM including Beachwood, Carter Lake, Clarkmoor, Evergreen, Greenwood and Hillside. Information is available at  and

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Where can I find an application for housing?

What housing allowances am I eligible for?

Where will my children go to school at my new location?

How do I begin out-processing from housing?

What should I do to start planning my move to an overseas location?

Do I have to live in the dorms if I'm a permanent party unaccompanied Airman?

Will I get my own bedroom and bathroom if I live in Unaccompanied Housing?

I'm moving into Unaccompanied Housing and have a lot of household goods. What should I ship and what should I put into storage?

Can my significant other or guests stay with me in my dorm room?

What is housing privatization and how does it affect me?

How do I pay rent in privatized housing?

What happens when government housing becomes privatized while I am living there?

Does rent in privatized housing include utilities?

Who is eligible to live in privatized housing?

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