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 Cavalier AFS, we offer on base government housing. Our inventory consists of 6 duplexes and 2 Single-Family units. Housing amenities include electricity, water, HVAC and gas.
Applying for Government Housing
If you desire to live in government housing, please submit an advance application for assignment (DD Form 1746) through the MHO at your losing installation with a complete copy of your PCS orders. The effective date of the application is the date you depart your prior installation (including members with TDY enroute) or the date ordered to active duty.
Applications can also be submitted upon arrival during your first visit to the MHO. MHO staff will be able to assist in the completion of the application and will review PCS orders and housing options with you. For walk-in applications, as long as you apply for government housing within 30 days of arrival, you will be placed on the waiting list effective the date you departed from your previous installation. After 30 days, the application date will be the date of the walk-in.
Please be sure your application identifies and includes supporting documentation for an impending promotion or gain of dependents so that you can be placed on the appropriate waiting list.
- Unit Physical Fitness Facility
- Community Activities Center
-- AAFES Shoppette
-- Bowling Alley
-- Outdoor Recreation
-- Theatre Room
-- Youth Gymnasium
- Softball Field
- Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
- Community Garden
- Golf Driving Range
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.
Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the MHO for more information about coverage.
Housing residents can send their children to either Cavalier City Schools or Walhalla City Schools. Both schools are approximately 15 miles from the base and have year round open enrollment. Buses run for each school to and from base on a daily schedule and there is a sheltered bus stop for the kids during inclement weather.
At Cavalier AFS, the Air Force is working to privatize the military family housing and the potential exists for this to occur during your tenure in government housing.
Housing Privatization (HP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to continue providing quality housing for Airmen and their families. HP shifts the operations and maintenance responsibility of family housing to the private sector whose expertise it is to build and manage housing, allowing Airmen to focus on the mission.
With this partnership, the Air Force and its private partners can provide new and/or renovated homes with modern amenities for Airmen and their families in communities where they choose to live. Some amenities may include community centers, playgrounds and walking trails.
All residents in government housing will have the option of signing a lease with the private company. Rent under privatized housing is paid by allotment of your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Unlike housing in the local community, rent for a privatized home may not exceed the "with dependent" BAH rate designated for your rank.
For more information about privatized housing, contact the MHO at DSN: 330-3688
At Cavalier AFS, Unaccompanied Housing (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 all unaccompanied military personnel. Each member is provided a private sleeping room with furnishings.Community Amenities- Unit Physical Fitness Facility- Community Activities Center -- AAFES Shoppette -- Bowling Alley -- Outdoor Recreation -- Theatre Room -- Youth Gymnasium- Softball Field- Outdoor Ice Skating Rink- Community Garden- Golf Driving RangePersonal 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. Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the HMO for more information about coverage. Base Specific PolicyDuring your orientation, the ADL or UH Management Office representative will inform you of all Air Force and base-specific policies.Assignment ProceduresAs 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.Planning Your MovePrior 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. A UH Management personnel will take you through the process of checking you into your room and performing a move-in inspection and inventory of the allotted furnishings. 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 meet with the UH Management Office. 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. Resident ResponsibilitiesYou will be expected to keep your room and any shared living space clean and tidy. Cleaning supplies and equipment can be provided to you free of charge. You will also 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 UH Management Office representative if you have any questions about your resident responsibilities.Inspection ProgramThe 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.Dormitory CouncilsThe 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.
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, among many others.
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.
Community Housing Units
There is very limited housing in the local area. There are typically two or three apartments available for rent in the town of Cavalier, about 25 minutes east or Langdon, about 30 minutes west of Cavalier. From time to time houses are available for rent in the local area but this is rare. The best place to find rental properties is in the local papers in Cavalier and Langdon, both of which are printed on Wednesdays.
For information about the housing allowances that financially support your move, see Referral and Relocation Assistance.
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. Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the MHO for more information about coverage.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live.
If you live on base, your children can attend Cavalier Public School or Walhalla's North Border school, both of which are K-12 schools. School bus transportation is provided for both schools.