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 Offutt AFB, you must visit the MHO to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.
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 Offutt AFB, military family housing is privatized. America First Communities (AFC) 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 AFC.
For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Offutt AFB, visit the Rising View 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 Offutt AFB. 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 such as 61 tot lots and playgrounds, a dog walking park, soccer field, sand volleyball courts and approximately 15,000 linear feet of walking trails, full and half court basketball courts, picnic pavilions, and a community gathering center "The Pointe at Rising View" (5600 gross square feet facility and 150 max person capacity) are just some of the amenities you will find at Rising View 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.
Personal Property Insurance
Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage.
See Referral and Relocation Assistance for information about schools in the local area.
At Offutt AFB 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. (Room arrangements may vary depending on location)
Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above will move into housing in the local community. Please refer to the Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing.
The permanent party UH campus at Offutt consists of four dormitories on one campus located on the northern portion of the base.
Amenities include free Wi-Fi, extra large flat-screen TVs and recreation equipment in the dayrooms, fully equipped kitchens and security cameras.
Restrictions for Offutt are briefed to all dormitory residents during their in-processing.
Base Specific Policy
During your orientation, the ADL or UH Management Office representative will inform you of all Air Force and base-specific policies.
UH Management Office Staff
The UH Management Office is staffed with professionals that can assist with all of your housing needs and answer any questions you may have. The staff at Offutt is comprised of one civilian Chief of Unaccompanied Housing and three Non-commissioned Officers serving in the position of Airman Dormitory Leader (ADL). These members are highly motivated personnel dedicated to ensuring that residents receive quality service. ADLs will provide you guidance and advice on UH life as well as mentor you on succeeding in the Air Force.
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. An ADL will take you through the process of checking you into your room and performing a move-in inspection and inventory of the allotted furnishings and supplies. At this time, you will also receive an in-processing briefing from your ADL as well as any paperwork you will need to accomplish.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Bay Orderly Program
UH residents are expected to assist in the cleaning and upkeep of common areas and shared facilities of their "home." You will periodically be detailed to perform essential cleaning and minor maintenance around the UH campus.
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.
The Offutt Dormitory Council is always looking for new members. Ask your ADL or UH Management Office representative about 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 ADL or UH Management Office representative 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 UH Management Office to inquire about availability.
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
The majority of apartment rentals are one and two bedrooms, although there are some 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom units available. The rental vacancy rate for apartments and single family homes in the area is near 3% to 6% respectively. Rentals in Bellevue (adjacent to the base), and Papillion (approximately 8 miles from the base) can usually be found, but rental prices may vary according to location and amenities, and are subject to change. The average rental price of a unit within commuting distance of Offutt AFB is as follows:
1-Bedroom - $460 - $800
2-Bedroom - $450 - $1,000
3-Bedroom - $675 - $1,200
Single Family Dwelling Homes (Unfurnished)
2-Bedroom - $700 - $1,200
3-Bedroom - $1,000 - $2,000
4-Bedroom - $1,200 - $2,000
5-Bedroom - $1,700 - $2,800 + (very limited)
Council Bluffs (Iowa), Plattsmouth, and South Omaha (Nebraska) are located within a 15-20 minute drive from the base. Rentals in these areas range from $550 to $1,500 per month, plus utilities. If a pet is allowed, an additional pet (damage) deposit or fee is usually required.
Temporary accommodations in apartment complexes will usually increase the rent.
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.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live.
See Referral and Relocation Assistance for more information about schools in the local area.