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 Vandenberg AFB, military family housing is privatized. Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) 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 Balfour Beatty Communities.
For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Vandenberg AFB, visit the Balfour Beatty Communities 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 Vandenberg 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 include playgrounds, a jogging track, picnic tables, barbecue grills, sports fields, Dog Park, swimming pool, Spray Park, tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts. Additionally, a Community Center which includes a multi-purpose room equipped with a full kitchen, fitness room and sauna are just some of the amenities provided by Balfour Beatty Communities at Vandenberg AFB.
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, newly constructed and renovated homes in the community have been metered for gas and electric (with the exception of 132 excess homes not planned for renovation). Now that all required homes are metered a period of mock billing and data collection will begin in January 2013 to establish the average utility costs for the homes. During this one-year timeframe, residents will receive a mock bill depicting their actual gas and electric consumption each month along with the associated cost to help educate them on their typical energy usage and appropriate conservation practices. At the end of the one year mock billing period (1 January 2014), the average utility costs will be used to establish a Utility Allowance and residents will begin receiving actual utility bills for these services. Since the Air Force supplies the Privatized Housing area with gas and electric service, Balfour Beatty Communities will continue to receive your full BAH which will cover your rent and utility consumption within the Utility Allowance established for your home. Residents whose consumption exceeds the approved Utility Allowance for their home type will be billed for and required to pay the difference; however, residents who consume less than the approved Utility Allowance will receive a check for the savings! The utility allowance is determined based on 110 percent of the average utility cost (gas and electric) for similar home types. The more energy you conserve, the more money you keep in your pocket! For more information about your utilities, please contact the Property Management Office.
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 information on schools for housing residents please visit on the Santa Barbara County Education Office website. Local schools include Crestview Elementary School, Manzanita Public Charter School, Vandenberg Middle School and Cabrillo High School.
At Vandenberg AFB, CA 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 Vandenberg AFB consists of 9 buildings of 300 rooms and 1 building of 72 rooms (double occupancy) for Pipeline Students.
Amenities include the "The Vibe", which is main unaccompanied housing dayroom. The Vibe also has two large screen TVs, various gaming systems, air hockey table and free Wi-Fi. The campus also has 5 individual day rooms located throughout the campus with free Wi-Fi, ping-pong tables, a pool table, Blu-Ray players and flat screen televisions. Restrictions at Vandenberg AFB can be found at www.e-publishing.af.mil,
30 SW Pamphlet 32-605.
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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.
Rental Partnership Program
At Vandenberg AFB, CA, 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 participating property managers and the benefits available.
Community Housing Units
Vandenberg AFB is located in northern Santa Barbara County. The main areas of population around the base are the Santa Maria Valley with 128,458 people and the Lompoc Valley with 48,931 people. Median home sale prices for northern Santa Barbara County were approximately $400,000 - $700,000 in 2021. Average rental rates in the area are as follows:
- 1 Bedroom Apartment $1400 - $1800
- 2 Bedroom Apartment $1800 - $2200
- 3 Bedroom Apartment $2200 - $2600
- 3 Bedroom House $2400 - $2800
- 4 Bedroom House $2500 - $3000
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.
Please visit the Santa Barbara County Education Office website for more information on our local school districts.
Referral and Relocation Assistance
Map of the Area
Vandenberg AFB Public Website
Balfour Beatty Communities
30th Force Support Squadron
Get to Know the Installation
Santa Barbara County Education Office
Balfour Beatty Application for Housing
Vandenberg Resident’s Guide
Community Housing Guide
Local Apartment Listings
30 SW Pamphlet, 32-2, Unaccompanied Housing Pamphlet
Child Safety in the Home Brochure
30 SLD/CC Privately Owned Firearm Directive
30 SW/CC Pet Control Policy
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