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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Privatized Housing At Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, military family housing is privatized. Hunt manages and operates 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. For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, visit the Hunt 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 as soon as you know you are moving to Joint Base Charleston. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about 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, such as: - Walking trails - Playgrounds - Base pool As a resident of privatized housing, contact the Hunt Military Communities 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 time, homes in the Hunt Military Communities are not metered and your rent will include these utility costs, up to your full BAH amount. For more information about your utilities, 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. Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the Property Management Office 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. The Charleston area includes schools located in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. Parents of school-age children are encouraged to research schools prior to signing leases for housing. Schools Adjacent to Base: Hunley Park Elementary School 1000 Michigan Avenue N. Charleston, SC 29404-2020 (843) 767-5914 Lambs Elementary School 6800 Dorchester Road N. Charleston, SC 29418-3736 (843) 767-5900 Zucker Middle School 6401 Dorchester Avenue N Charleston, SC 29418 North Charleston High School 1087 E. Montague Avenue North Charleston, SC 29405 RB Stall High School 3625 Ashley Phosphate Charleston, SC 29418 Palmetto Scholars Academy 7499 Dorchester Road North Charleston, SC 29418
At Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, 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 service members in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each service member is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. (Room arrangements may vary depending on location) Unaccompanied members in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above may move into housing in the local community. Please refer to the Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing.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 Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, consists of six dormitories housing over 545 residents. Amenities - Washers and dryers - Walking distance to DFACRestrictions- No pets- No overnight guests- No underage drinking- No smoking- No weapons (i.e. pellet guns, swords, paintball guns, etc.)Base Specific PolicyDuring your orientation, the ADL or UH Management Office representative will inform you of all Air Force and base-specific policies. All residents are required to review and sign the in-processing packet with inventory, policies and rules.UH Management Office StaffThe 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 ADLs. 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 ProceduresAs 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 IntegrityIn 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 MovePrior 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 in-processing briefing every Tuesday at 0900 in Dormitory 466. Resident ResponsibilitiesYou 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 ProgramThe 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 ProgramUH 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 CouncilsThe 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 an opportunity 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.TerminationIt is mandatory for unaccompanied service members 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 members, you may be authorized to move out of UH before reaching E-4 with greater than 3 years of service. The most senior members are released first. Your UH Management Office representative will advise residents when early release is necessary.
Housing in the Local Community
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.
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.
Rental Partnership Program
At Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, the HMO supports the Rental Partnership Program to help military members obtain adequate housing in the community. The HMO 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 Weapons Station HMO for more information about this program.
Community Housing Units
Prior to seeking off-base housing accommodations, military members are encouraged to check in with the HMO (Building 323 on Joint Base Charleston) for a briefing and for counseling. The HMO will provide you with invaluable assistance regarding both on and off base housing availability. Off-base housing is readily available and within close proximity to the base. Charleston offers a wide variety of housing options to include apartments, houses, townhouses and condominiums.
Generally, rental rates are moderate to high with the average unfurnished apartment ranging from $650 for a two-bedroom to $900 for a three-bedroom. The vacancy rate in the local community averages 9%.
Homes for sale are plentiful, but there is limited public transportation. Typical prices for homes range from $165,000 to $336,000 for new three and four bedroom houses.
Contact HMO for any concerns or issues you encounter (discrimination complaints, tenant/landlord disputes, or any questions/problems about off base housing). Housing Referral Assistants are available to assist you to ensure your move is an easy and pleasant experience. 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.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live.
The Charleston area includes schools located in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. Parents of school-age children are encouraged to research schools prior to signing leases for housing.
The following schools adjacent to or near Joint Base Charleston are listed for your information:
Schools Adjacent to Base:
Hunley Park Elementary School
1000 Michigan Avenue
N. Charleston, SC 29404-2020
Lambs Elementary School
6800 Dorchester Road
N. Charleston, SC 29418-3736
Schools within 3 miles of the base:
Midland Park Elementary School (within 1 mile)
2415 Midland Park Road
N. Charleston, SC 29418-4546
Alice Birney Middle School
7750 Pinehurst Street
N. Charleston, SC 29420-4232
Zucker Middle School
6401 Dorchester Ave
N Charleston, SC 29418
Fort Dorchester High School
8500 Patriot Boulevard
N. Charleston, SC 29418-7416