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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Military Family Housing is privatized at Scott AFB, IL. The property owner is Hunt Building Corporation who is responsible for the construction, maintenance and repairs, and management of the community. In addition to your option to purchase or rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Scott Family Housing.
For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Scott AFB, visit the Scott 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 Air Force Military Housing Office (MHO) as soon as you know you are moving to Scott 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 centers, with indoor swimming pool and fitness room
- Meeting rooms
- Walking trail
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
At this location, homes in the community are metered and you will be billed directly for gas and electric. Scott Family Housing utilizes a third-party billing service to manage and collect your utility allowance based on personal consumption. The more energy you conserve, the more money you keep in your pocket! For more information about your utilities, please contact the Scott Family Housing Office.
Personal Property Insurance
You should obtain legal liability and personal property/renter's insurance for your possessions and should choose the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle. Residents are encouraged to retain records and proof of personal property items in the event of loss.
Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage.
Children residing on base attend the following schools in the Mascoutah Community Unit School District #19. See "Scott AFB Schools" in the Featured Documents section for extended information.
Scott Elementary School
4732 Patriots Drive
Mascoutah Elementary School
533 N. Sixth Street
Mascoutah Junior High School
846 N. Sixth Street
Mascoutah High School
1313 W. Main Street
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has developed the Parent Advocates for Students and School (PASS) program. Workshops are held frequently and are designed to help parents understand how to register their children in school and a variety of other subjects. For more information please contact the PASS Coordinator/Director at the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (618) 256-8668.
At Scott AFB IL, 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. Refer to the Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing.
The permanent party UH campus at Scott AFB IL consists of three dormitories, all are masonry construction:
- One three-story D4A (Dorm for Airmen)
- One three-story dorm with room-bath-room configuration
- One three-story dorm with private suites
- Laundry rooms
- Fitness equipment
- Gaming tables
- Theater room
- Day room with fireplace
- Pets are limited to fish only
- No gun storage of any kind, including paintball, BB, pellet and toy guns
- Decorative hanging swords are allowed, but may not be removed from wall mount for demo or show
- Quiet hours are 24-hours-a-day (there is always someone sleeping)
- Smoking is permitted only in the four designated smoking areas
- No overnight or live-in guests
- Guests must be accompanied by the dorm resident at all times
- Laundry is for dorm resident use only
Base Specific Policy
During your orientation, dorm staff will inform you of all Air Force and base-specific policies.
UH Management Office Staff
The UH Management Office is staffed with professionals that will assist with all of your housing needs. Staffs vary but can be comprised of non-commissioned officers (NCO), Senior NCOs and some bases have civilian employees. The assigned military are Airman Dormitory Leaders (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 or a civilian Dorm Manager 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.
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 an ADL or Dorm Manager.
If you obtain your room key outside of normal duty hours, it is still mandatory 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. 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 ADL or UH Management Office representative 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.
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. 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 of a dorm room.basis. Contact the UH Management Office to inquire about availability of a dorm room.
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 other services.
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
Average rental costs for off-base housing by unit type:
- 1 BR: $400-$800
- 2 BR: $550-$1160
- 3 BR: $650-$1435
- 1 BR: $500-$1000
- 2 BR: $550-$1500
- 1 BR: $495-$650
- 2 BR: $600-$1350
- 3 BR: $725-$1500
- 1 BR: $500-$700
- 2 BR: $700-$1300
- 3 BR: $750-$2000
- 4 BR: $900-$2400
- 5 BR: $1500-$2900
Most homes include a stove and refrigerator. Occasionally, utilities such as water, sewer and trash are included in the rent. Some rentals require first and last month rental deposits.
Normally, pet deposits range from $150-$500 and may be nonrefundable. Also, pet breed, size and age may be restricted. For more off-base housing information, call (618) 744-9882 or (618) 744-9880.
For information about housing allowances that financially support your move, see Referral and Relocation Assistance. Click Here to browse Allowances Tables and Regulations Files on the Defense Travel Management Office website.
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.
In choosing legal liability or personal property insurance in Illinois, thoroughly check the location of your home. Some are in flood, earthquake or mine subsidence zones. Rental insurance is relatively inexpensive, but you can compare costs online and choose a company that best suits your needs. Most renters have more than $20,000 worth of belongings in their residence. Before purchasing your insurance, 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. There are approximately 70 public schools, 15 Parochial Schools, 14 Private Schools and 1 Special Education School, 6 Colleges and Universities and 40 Childcare/Nursery schools. See "Scott AFB Schools" in the Featured Documents section for extended information.
Contact the school Liaison Specialist for Scott AFB (618) 256-8668 (DSN 576-8668).