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Welcome to Columbus AFB Housing



Columbus State Village Home Exterior ViewThe Housing Management Office (HMO) 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 Columbus AFB, you must visit the HMO to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.
 

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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

   Housing Management Office
Phone (662) 434-3446/3474
Fax (662) 434-7275
Email:14ces.cea@columbus.af.mil
Address 256 State Loop
Columbus AFB, MS 39705
Hours of Operation M-Th - 7:30am - 5:15pm
F - 7:30am - 4:15pm
(CST)

   Privatized Housing
Hunt Companies
Phone (662) 434-8213
Fax (662) 434-0079
Email the Community Management Staff
Address 256 State Loop
Columbus AFB, MS 39705
Hours of
Operation
M-F - 8:00am - 5:00pm
(CST)
Website columbusfamilyhousing.com
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   Unaccompanied Housing
Phone (662) 434-7278
Fax (662) 434-3202
Email:14ces.cea@columbus.af.mil
Address 555 Simler Blvd
Columbus AFB MS 39710
Hours of
Operation
M-F - 7:30am - 4:15pm
(CST)

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Housing options

  • Privatized Housing

    At Columbus AFB, military family housing is privatized.Columbus Family Housing, a Hunt Military Community , 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 Hunt Military Communities.

    For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Columbus AFB, visit the

    Columbus 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 HMO at (662) 434-3135/3474 or DSN 742-3135/3474 as soon as you know you are moving to Columbus AFB. The government housing team will provide you the latest information available on privatized housing and details about the application process. The HMO will also update you on any base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing.

    Community Amenities

    Privatized housing is comparable to housing in the local community and provides a wide variety of amenities and support services that demonstrate how private industry is working together with the Air Force to build thriving housing communities. Common amenities found on most bases are also found here. For example, the Youth Center, Base Pool, Commissary, Class VI Store, Barber Shop, Child Development Center, Soccer Fields, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, and Softball Fields are just some of the amenities you will find at Columbus AFB.

    Community features such as a Community Center, multiple playgrounds in the different housing areas, no security deposits and seasonal and special holiday events for the residents are just some of the amenities and specials you will find at Columbus Family Housing. A full list of the Housing Amenities is available on the website.

    As a resident of privatized housing, contact the on-site property manager 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

    The utility allowance is determined based on 100 percent of the average utility cost (gas and electric) for each unit grouped in “Like-Type” floor plans or within minimal square footage range; top 10% & bottom 10% of users are removed before calculation.

    Personal Property Insurance

    Hunt Housing does not provide personal property insurance. We strongly urge you to obtain legal liability and personal property insurance for your possessions. You should choose the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle.

    ** Before purchasing additional insurance, please consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage. **

    School Information

    Local Area Schools

    1. Columbus City Schools

    2. Lowndes County Schools (Caledonia, New Hope, West Lowndes)

    3. Heritage Academy -- Private

    4.Columbus Christian Academy -- Private

    5. Victory Christian Academy -- Private

    Columbus Family Housing residents have the option to attend Columbus City Schools or Caledonia. School bus transportation is provided to all public schools.

  • Unaccompanied Housing

    At Columbus 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 Columbus AFB consists of five (5) officer dormitories with 234 rooms and two (2) enlisted dormitories with 94 rooms.

    Amenities include kitchens with a stove, refrigerator, microwave and all furniture. Occupants should bring all personal items, such pots, pans and other kitchen items.

    Restrictions at Columbus AFB include no pets or overnight guests. No visitors are allowed after 11:00pm.

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

    Single Officers O-1 and O-2 SUPT are required to live in the dorms upon initial assignment to the base.

    UH Management Office Staff
    The UH Management Office is staffed with professionals that can 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.

    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.

    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 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 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 or UH Management Office representative 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 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.

    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 or UH Management Office representative 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 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.

  • Community Housing

    The Housing Management Office (HMO) 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 HMO will assist you every step of the way to help you find your new home in the local community.

    Housing Services
    Contact the HMO 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 HMO partners with landlords, realtors and property managers to make sure you receive the most current information about the local housing market. The HMO also monitors housing units offered for rent to the military community.

    Community Housing Units
    Rent for a modest three bedroom house ranges from $900-$1500 per month and rent for a typical unfurnished two bedroom apartment ranges from $600-$800 per month. Some rental properties do not allow pets and those that do require non-refundable pet fees that may run $100-$500.

    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 HMO 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.

    Local Area Schools
    1. Columbus City Schools
    2. Lowndes County Schools (Caledonia, New Hope, West Lowndes)
    3. Heritage Academy -- Private
    4. Columbus Christian Academy -- Private
    5. Victory Christian Academy -- Private