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.
Military Housing Office
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At McConnell Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. Corvias 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 Corvias.
For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at McConnell, visit the Corvias website. The website provides information you need to know about the homes, amenities and services available in the privatized housing community.
Applying for Privatized Housing
Contact the MHO as soon as you know you are moving to McConnell Air Force Base. 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. You may also apply for housing prior to your arrival online at airforce.corviasmilitaryliving.com.
Privatized housing is comparable to housing in the local community and provides a wide variety of amenities and support services.
Community features such as the following are just some of the amenities you will find on-base at McConnell Air Force base with Corvias.
- Walk/Running Trail
- Basketball and tennis courts
-Convenient access to School Age Services and the Youth Center
Please contact the Community Management Office to obtain more specific information on the housing services available at McConnell Air Force Base.
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
Existing homes at McConnell Air Force Base are not metered for usage. The cost of your utilities is included in your BAH payment to Corvias. In the future, new and renovated homes will be metered and Corvias will establish a portion of the BAH as a utility allowance for your housing type. For more information about your utilities, please contact the Community Management Office.
Personal Property Insurance
Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage.
School age children of families assigned to McConnell AFB and residing in Corvias housing attend USD #260, Derby Public Schools. A valid birth certificate, Social Security number, and Kansas Certificate of Immunization are required for enrollment. A report card from the school the child is coming from is required if the child has been in another school.
The district operates nine elementary schools, one sixth grade center, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school.
- Elementary Schools: The elementary program in Derby covers pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The latch key program is provided for all children in the district for before and after school child care.
- Sixth Grade Center: This school provides transition from elementary to middle school.
- Middle School: The middle school is organized around grade-level teams of students and teachers.
- High School: Students in grades nine through twelve attend Derby High School. The curriculum offers academic, liberal arts, and vocational classes. Honors classes and Advanced Placement (AP) programs are offered at Derby High School. Derby Alternative High School provides a program for students who for various reasons are served better in an alternative setting. They actively participate in the ROTC program in this state.
Additional information regarding USD 260 Derby can be obtained by calling (316) 788-8400 or at their website: www.derbyschools.com
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.
Rental Partnership Program
At McConnell, the MHO supports the Rental Partnership Program to help military members obtain adequate housing in the community. The MHO and local landlords enter into agreements to offer service members special rental benefits above what other tenants receive. Typical benefits might include a waiver of security and utility deposits, no credit checks or application fees, a discount on market rental rates and immediate access to housing. Contact the MHO for more information about this program.
Community Housing Units
Wichita Kansas and surrounding communities have a good assortment of apartments, condos/townhouses and single family homes. Utilities are not usually included the rent, but apartments typically cover trash and water (or complexes have a fixed amount added to the rent for water).
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.
The school district for Wichita, KS is USD 259, www.usd259.com. Wichita schools include traditional and magnet programs. Wichita has numerous elementary, middle and high schools.
The school district for McConnell AFB Family Housing is USD 260 Derby,www.derbyschools.com. Derby is a community just south of McConnell AFB, KS. Derby has several elementary, one sixth grade center, one middle school and one high school. The elementary school for McConnell Family Housing is Wineteer Elementary.
Other surrounding school districts include Andover - USD 385, Mulvane - USD 263, Haysville - USD 261, Maize - USD 266 and Goddard - USD 265.