Welcome to Ellsworth AFB Housing

Ellsworth Family HousingThe 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 Ellsworth AFB you must visit the MHO to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for  housing. Black Hills Wire is a resource supporting members with their off base housing search.

 

HEAT Tool


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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.

Contact Information

   Military Housing Office

Phone (605) 385-2570
DSN 675-2570
(605) 385-2568
DSN 675-2568
Email:28CES.CEIHH.Housing.us.af.mil
Address 3025 Lincoln Dr., Bldg 8000
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Hours of Operation M-F - 0730 - 1500
(MST)


   Privatized Housing

Balfour Beatty Communities
Phone (605) 923-9000
Fax (605) 923-9944
Address 299 Sturgis Ave
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Hours of Operation M-F - 0800-1700
(MST)


   Privatized Housing Resident Advocate

Phone (605) 385-7925
DSN 675-7925
Address 1958 Scott Dr. Bldg 7925, Suite 6
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Hours of Operation M-F - 0800-1630
(MST)


   Unaccompanied Housing

Phone (605) 385-2567
DSN 675-2567
Fax (605) 385-5677
Address 2850 Spaatz Drive
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Hours of
Operation
M-F - 0700 - 1700

Local Time




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Housing options

  • Privatized Housing

    Living in Privatized Housing on Base
    Ellsworth AFB military family housing is privatized and is owned and operated by Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC). This is an option for members with dependents to consider while transitioning to Ellsworth AFB. For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Ellsworth AFB, visit the BBC website at www.ellsworthafbhomes.com, which provides information about the homes and amenities available in the privatized housing community.

    Applying for Privatized Housing
    Contact the Military Housing Office (MHO) as soon as you know you are moving to Ellsworth AFB. The Military Housing team will provide the latest information about privatized housing, details about the application process, and base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing. Once MHO determines the member qualifies, they will refer the member to Balfour Beatty Communities to continue the application process. The application process for Ellsworth AFB Privatized Housing consists of two steps.

    Step 1: Complete and return the application packet, including any supporting documents, to MHO for eligibility verification and referral to be added to BBC’s waitlist.

    Step 2: Contact MHO when you arrive on the installation. Military members are not permitted to sign a lease with Balfour Beatty Communities prior to confirming arrival with MHO.

    Community Amenities
    Privatized housing is comparable to housing in the local community and provides a wide variety of amenities and support services. Some of the community features include basketball courts, playgrounds and a Community Center. 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, a one-year term tenant lease agreement will be signed. The privatized housing lease includes a military clause and a lease termination clause. Monthly rent is paid by authorizing an allotment of BAH that is paid directly to the Project Owner. If a move occurs prior to the allotment start date, a pro-rated rent amount is owed directly to the Project Owner. The Tenant Lease Agreement spells out all relevant rent payment terms and conditions.

    Gas and Electric Utilities
    Ellsworth AFB privatized housing is not currently metered and the rent will include these utility costs up to the full BAH amount. For more information about utilities, please contact the Property Management Office.

    Personal Property Insurance
    Legal liability and personal property insurance should be considered with PCS. Before purchasing insurance, consider the coverage amount needed for household goods and consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage.

    School Information
    Below are links to Douglas School District (members that live on base or City of Box Elder) and Rapid City Area Schools. For additional information regarding the schools in the general area of Ellsworth AFB, please reach out to the School Liaison Officer for Ellsworth AFB at 605-385-5385.
    Douglas School Info (on base)
    Rapid City School Info

  • Unaccompanied Housing

    At Ellsworth 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 Ellsworth AFB consists of nine dormitories ranging from 40 to 125 rooms in each building.

    Amenities include a "Higher Grounds," Airmen Ministry Center, which includes a full kitchen, coffee bar, free Wi-Fi, computer workstations, movie screen with a wide selection of movies, three flat screen televisions, video game systems, and regular activities for the spiritual and social fitness of single Airmen. "Higher Grounds" is managed and maintained by the Chapel and Airmen volunteers.

    Ellsworth AFB prohibits any firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, crossbows, swords, throwing stars and fighting knives in dorm rooms.

    Base Specific Policy
    During your orientation, the ADL or UH Management Office representative will inform you of all Air Force and base-specific policies.

    AFI-32-6000, Housing Management - prescribes policy at Air force installations.

    UH Management Office Staff
    The UH Management Office is staffed with professionals that can assist with all of your housing needs. Staff may 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 (ADLs). ADLs 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.

    Assignment Procedures
    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. Your sponsor will need to send your name, rank, date of rank, first day of military service date, DoD ID, gender, cell phone, duty phone, and arrival date to the ADL organization email box, 28 BW Airman Dorm Leader. 28BW.CEIHD.AirmenDormLeaders@us.af.mil

    Unit Integrity
    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.

    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. If you arrive unexpectedly, your sponsor will contact the on-call ADL at 605-391-3359 to gain access to a temporary hospitality room in the Rushmore Dormitory, Bldg. 5806.

    If you obtain your room key outside of normal duty hours or arrive unexpectedly, it is a mandatory requirement to report to the UH Management Office the next duty day for in-processing.

    Resident Responsibilities
    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 if you have any questions about your resident responsibilities.

    Inspection Program
    The Installation Commander establishes a base-wide UH inspection program focused on health and safety. Squadron Commanders and 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.

    Dormitory Councils
    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 about how you can get involved.

    Termination
    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 your ADL 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. If the occupancy rate should reach above a predetermined number, space available personnel may be asked to vacate their room.

    If the occupancy rate should reach above a predetermined number, space available personnel may be asked to vacate their room.

  • Community Housing

    Housing in the Local Community
    The Military Housing Office (MHO) provides all DOD personnel with 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 housing market in the Rapid City area, for both sales and rentals, is competitive and fast paced. The MHO recommends being proactive with researching off base housing options prior to arriving in the area. Additionally, MHO has resources available to help jump-start a housing search. Helpful tool for assisting in your search: Black Hills Wire

    Housing Services
    Contact the MHO as soon as you know you are moving to Ellsworth AFB. The housing team will provide the latest information on the local housing situation and offer relocation assistance to assist with finding a quality place to live. Support services range from helping members understand their lease agreements, the necessity for a military release clause, assisting in resident and landlord dispute resolution, among many others.

    The MHO provides a Welcome Packet with a list of area property managers, apartment complexes, and other useful housing information. The Welcome Packet can be accessed by using the appropriate link at the top right of this webpage. The MHO partners with landlords, realtors and property managers to make sure the most current information about the local housing market is provided to inbound members. The MHO also monitors housing units offered for rent to the military community.

    Personal Property Insurance
    Legal liability and personal property insurance should be considered with PCS. Before purchasing insurance, consider the coverage amount needed for household goods and consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage.

    Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the MHO for more information about coverage.

    School Information
    For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live. For additional information regarding the schools in the general area of Ellsworth AFB, please reach out to the School Liaison Officer for Ellsworth AFB at 605-385-5385.

    Douglas School Info (Box Elder Community)
    Rapid City School Info