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The Military Housing Office (MHO) 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 the Air Force Academy, you must visit the MHO to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing. You will be counseled on military clauses and off limit rentals and businesses. If you choose not to visit the MHO for counseling, please note that you still must abide by off limits orders including rental units.
WHAT IS HEAT?
Housing Early Assistance Tool (HEAT) creates an easy on-line experience to connect you, the Service Member, with your future destination and offers an on-line venue to obtain housing assistance prior to a PCS transfer. HQ Air Force Housing has successfully implemented HEAT across the AF Enterprise so members can reach out to installations when preparing for transition. Installations are accessible through the HEAT tool across CONUS and most OCONUS installations. Members should use HEAT when preparing to transfer to their new assignment. Learn more at the HOMES.mil site.
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At the Air Force Academy, military family housing is privatized. Air Force Academy Family Housing, A Hunt Community owns the family housing and Residential Management is responsible for maintaining, repairing, 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. For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at the Air Force Academy visit the Air Force Academy Family Housing 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 MHO as soon as you know you are moving to the Air Force Academy. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about privatized housing and details about the application process. The MHO will also update you on any base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing.
Privatized housing is comparable to housing in the local community and provides a wide variety of amenities and support services. Community Features Include: - 24-hour "live" service requests - On-call maintenance - FREE renters insurance - Landscaping - Snow removal - Community activities - Deployed spouse program - Incentive-based recycling reward program Contact Air Force Academy Family Housing to obtain more information on the services available at the USAF Academy.
Paying Rent for Privatized Housing
Similar to living in the local community, you will sign a tenant lease agreement, typically for a 1-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, which is paid directly to the Property Manager. If your move occurs prior to the allotment start date, you will need to pay the pro-rated rent directly to the Property Manager. Here at the Air Force Academy, rent is paid in arrears (at the end of the month). The Tenant Lease Agreement spells out all relevant rent payment terms and conditions.
Gas and Electric Utilities
At this time, homes in the community are not metered and your rent will include these utility costs, up to your full BAH amount. For more information about your utilities, please contact the Property Management Office.
Personal Property Insurance
Hunt provides rental insurance: $20,000 personal property and $100,000 liability per occurrence. Should you have a claim, you may have a $250 deductable. If you need additional insurance, you are encouraged to shop around and choose the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle. Before purchasing additional insurance, please consult with Hunt for information about coverage.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live. The Air Force Academy is in the Academy School District D-20, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920; (719) 234-1200; www.asd20.org. Assigned schools are as follows: Douglass Valley Elementary School 4610 Douglass Drive USAF Academy, CO 80840 (719) 234-4200 Eagleview Middle School 1325 Vindicator Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (719) 234-3400 Air Academy High School 6910 Carlton Drive USAF Academy, CO 80840 (719) 234-2400
At the USAF Academy, we strive to create an inclusive environment that cultivates the development and training of Airmen. The Air Force recognizes that the management of Unaccompanied Housing (UH) facilities is critical to an Airman's development process. UH is a personal residence and we strive to provide a modern, functional, well maintained and comfortable home, as well as promote pride, professionalism and personal dignity.
UH is provided for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service will move into housing in the local community, but may move into UH if space is available. Please refer to the Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing off base.
The permanent party UH campus at the AF Academy consists of 120 beds in two buildings. Rooms are 170 square feet, single occupancy, with a shared bathroom.
- Dayrooms with basic cable and full kitchen
- Wi-Fi in Dayrooms and Common Areas
- Commercial Washers and Stackable Dryers
- Game systems with games
- Volleyball court
- Horse shoe pits
- Portable barbeques
- Bike lockers
- Base fitness center located across the parking lot from dormitory
- Dormitories are within walking distance of the Community Center
- Smoke-free dormitories
- No pets
The UH Manager will inform you of all Air Force and base specific policies during your orientation. Contact the UH Management Office for specific concerns.
As soon as you are notified of your assignment, contact your gaining unit and request to be assigned a sponsor. Your sponsor will be another military member assigned to your unit and will assist with your move. The sponsor or gaining unit must then contact the UH Management Office to notify them of your impending arrival date and work to secure you a dormitory room.
In most cases, you will be assigned a room in an area of the dormitory set aside for the personnel who work in your unit. This is to promote camaraderie among squadron members. If a room is not available near other members of your unit, you may be assigned a temporary room until one with your unit becomes available.
Planning Your Move
Prior to travel, arrange to meet your sponsor or someone from your unit upon arrival at the gaining installation.
If you arrive on a business day during normal duty hours, have your sponsor escort you to the UH Management Office. The Dorm Manager will process you into your room and perform a move-in inspection and inventory of the allotted furnishings and supplies.
If you arrive on the weekend or after normal duty hours, have your sponsor make arrangements to pick up your room key from the UH Management Office or acquire a hospitality room for you until you can in-process with the Dorm Manager.
If you obtain your room key outside of normal duty hours, it is still a mandatory requirement to report to the UH Management Office the next duty day for in-processing.
You will be expected to keep your room and any shared living space clean and tidy. The common areas are currently contract cleaned. You will be accountable for your room and the furnishings provided. Residents may be held liable for any damages beyond normal fair wear and tear.
See your Dorm Manager if you have any questions about your resident responsibilities.
The Installation Commander establishes a base-wide UH inspection program focused on health and safety. Squadron Commanders and unit First Sergeants implement the inspection program and visit rooms to ensure that all residents from their squadron comply with installation standards.
The Airmen Dormitory Council is the forum by which residents of an individual dormitory or group of dormitories address concerns about their living environment with a panel of their peers. The purpose of the council is to establish standards for all residents, present solutions for problem areas, establish positive recreational activities and identify facility and furnishing improvements. Participation at your location is a chance to be involved in shaping your living environment and provides an opportunity for personal growth and development in the areas of leadership and personal relationships. Ask your Dorm Manager how you can get involved.
It is mandatory for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service to reside in UH. An E-4 residing in UH reaching 3 years of service may be authorized to move out of UH and into local community housing. Contact the UH Management Office for procedures you must follow to clear your room. In certain circumstances, such as to make space available for more junior Airmen, you may be authorized to move out of UH before reaching E-4 with greater than 3 years of service. The most senior Airmen are released first. Your Dorm Manager will advise residents when early release is necessary.
Space Available Rooms
When there is an excess of dormitory rooms, personnel in the ranks of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above may be eligible to reside in UH on a space available basis. Contact the Dorm Manager to inquire about availability of space.
Housing in the Local Community
The Military Housing Office (MHO) provides all DoD personnel with personalized services to assist in locating suitable housing in the local community. Although moving is sometimes stressful, it can also be an exciting opportunity to live off base and experience a new location. The MHO will assist you every step of the way to help you find your new home in the local community.
Contact the MHO as soon as you know you are moving. The government housing team will provide you the latest information on the local housing situation and offer complete referral services and relocation assistance to make sure you find a quality place to live.
Support services range from helping members understand their lease agreements and the necessity for a military release clause to assisting in resident and landlord dispute resolution, to many other services. Contact the MHO for information about off limits areas and establishments.
The MHO partners with landlords, realtors and property managers to make sure you receive the most current information about the local housing market. The MHO also monitors housing units offered for rent to the military community.
Housing is plentiful and varied. Many people choose to rent before buying a home. It is an easy way to learn more about the community and select a neighborhood or area of town in which to live while choosing a home to buy.
The average home sells for $200-$300K. There are so many different neighborhoods and styles of homes to choose from that house hunting can be a true adventure.
For information about the housing allowances that financially support your move, see Referral and Relocation Assistance.
Personal Property Insurance
It is highly recommended that you obtain legal liability and personal property insurance for your possessions. Rates are competitive and we encourage you to shop around for the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live. The Air Force Academy is in the Academy School District D-20, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920; (719) 234-1200; www.asd20.org.
Assigned schools are as follows:
Douglass Valley Elementary School
4610 Douglass Drive
USAF Academy, CO 80840
Eagleview Middle School
1325 Vindicator Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Air Academy High School
6910 Carlton Drive
USAF Academy, CO 80840
Referral and Relocation Assistance
Map of the Area
Air Force Academy Public Website
Hunt Military Communities
Airman & Family Services Flight
Get to Know the Installation
Basic Allowance for Housing Calculator
Academy School District Twenty
City of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Profile
Hunt Military Communities Rental Application
New Resident Forms
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