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United States Army
Housing Services Office
T.J. Mills Blvd Corner of Battalion
Copeland Soldier Service Center, Building 18010, B209
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Learn about the variety of housing possibilities available as well as information about setting up utilities in your home . Housing options are available to your unique situation including: housing for families, single service members, families that are enrolled in the exceptional family member program, pet owners and unaccompanied personnel. Explore your options to find a home that best fits your needs.
Fort Hood – Off-Base and On-Base Housing:
Most local housing is located in the Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove areas. Commute time to Fort Hood is 10 to 15 minutes. Additional housing is available in Temple, Belton, Gatesville and Lampasas, which are about a 30-minute drive from Fort Hood.
The housing services office provides assistance to service members, family members and Department of Defense civilians with information on housing options in the Killeen area. Incoming personnel who are authorized to live outside the barracks have two housing options upon arrival to Fort hood.
The first option is in the local community; the second option is with military privatized housing. Per regulations, in-processing through the HSO is mandatory prior to renting, leasing or buying a home in the local area.
Rental options for homes and apartments can be founded in the Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove Temple, Belton, Gatesville and the Lampasas areas. All the communities are within a 30-minute drive of Fort Hood.
The HSO will provide service members with a list of registered rental agencies, with contact and website information, for viewing available rental in the area, and information regarding the communities in which the rentals are located. The HSO is the agency to contact for any housing-related issues such as discrimination complaints, tenant-landlord disputes, lease review or any questions or issues concerning on-post and off-post housing.
Rental agencies and property managers in the area require non-refundable administrative and rental/credit history fees. Also required is a non-refundable pet deposit. A security deposit equal to one month’s rent may be required to secure the rental unit. Once the lease is signed, the document becomes a legally binding obligation. HSO recommends that service members do not sign a lease until a review of the property is made to ensure the condition of the property is adequate, suitable and affordable.
Additionally, prior to signing the lease, please ensure the lease contains the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The SCRA allows military members to terminate the lease if orders are received to leave the area for more than 90 days period. In addition, we recommend completing the move-in inspection checklist within the allotted time. Retain a copy of the signed document to mitigate costly penalty/repair fees when exiting the dwelling unit.
Once the decision has been made to purchase a new home, consider the following factors: family size, affordability, location, amenities such as open space/yard, a garage, distance from work and schools, etc. When selecting a real estate agent, make sure the agent and agency are licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Also, make every attempt to solicit second and third opinions from other real estate resources, and ask questions of the real estate agent to ensure the best available purchasing options are selected.
A good guideline of how much you can afford to pay is to not exceed 29% of your household gross monthly income. Include monthly payments for insurance and taxes in your planning. Find out how much will be required for the down payment and closing costs.
The following documents and information are needed for processing a loan application:
Copies of tax returns and W2s for the last two years
Employment history on all borrowers
Checking and savings account information
Social Security number for each borrower
Complete information on all installment debts and credit cards (i.e. account numbers balance of monthly payments, value of automobiles, boats, furniture and details on such assets as stocks, bonds and life insurance)
If alimony or child support is paid or received, a copy of the divorce decree
If bankruptcy was filed within last seven years, a copy of the bankruptcy paper
DD 214 for all Veterans Affairs property (While your loan is being processed, you should not make any major purchases such as cars or appliances. New debts may affect financing.)
There are mobile home parks that not only provide spaces, but also rent both furnished and unfurnished mobile homes. Contact the housing services office before beginning your off-post housing search. The housing office can provide guidance in selecting one that fits your needs and entering into rental contracts.
Fort Hood -- On-Base Housing:
Residing in on-post housing is voluntary, not mandatory, except for personnel assigned to key and essential positions, as designated by the installation commander. In-processing through the housing services office is mandatory.
The privatized family housing is managed by RCI Partners lend-lease and Universal Services. The on-post housing inventory consists of 13 villages containing single-family housing and townhomes, with various housing sizes from two to five bedrooms. Universal Services has one village that consists of 300 two-bedroom homes.
All service members E1 and above with a family housing requirement may apply for on-post family housing. In addition, military retirees, single soldiers E6 and above, and all non-military who qualify, are able to apply for on-post housing via a background check.
Wait periods for leasing a home varies based on rank, bedroom requirements and the number of personnel on the wait lists. Wait time can be from two weeks to 12 months depending on the occupancy rate.
Service members can apply for on-post housing within 30 days of their arrival to Fort Hood and will receive an eligibility date for the housing requirement. If an application is made after the initial 30 days, the eligibility date will be the date of the application. The service member can apply at the Fort Hood Family Housing website and Liberty Village website. Applications are also accepted at the housing office, located at the Copeland Services Center, Building 18010, T.J. Mills Boulevard. Call 254-285-2313. For more housing information regarding on-post rental applications, visit the Fort Hood Army housing online user services. Once the application has been submitted and screened, you will be contacted by a leasing agent. To apply for a home in Liberty Village, visit their website or call the Liberty Village office at254-526-3788.
Exceptional Family Member Housing
Service members who are enroll in the Exception Family Member Program can request housing to support EFMP requirements. Service members must submit the EFMP Department Clinical Medical Services memo with the housing requirement form to the housing services office. The DCMS memo will be reviewed for evaluation and a recommendation provided to the Residential Communities Initiative partner for housing support. If the RCI partner, Fort Hood Family Housing, cannot support the request, we will offer HSO assistance to the service member to find alternate housing options in the local community.
Single Service Member Housing
Fort Hood is committed to providing single soldiers with a clean, healthy and safe living. Barracks are managed by a garrison-unit partnership on Fort Hood under the Army Barracks Management Program, with the military units managing the day-to-day assignment and termination process within the barracks footprint and garrison oversite.
Certificates of non-availabilty — Fort Hood uses a 95% barracks utilization rate, installation-wide to determine if a CNA is to be approved and issued. Soldiers E5 and below, married to another service member on separate tours without family members, are required to reside in the barracks (AR 420-1, Chap 3-Chap 20/d). Currently, single soldiers E6 and above are not authorized to live in the barracks and have the option to apply for on-post family housing. To inquire, visit the FHFH website or contact the leasing office.
Soldiers E5 and below with joint custody, or court ordered to support family members (child support), may be authorized to reside off post (AR 420-1 Table 3-5 Priority III note 2). Please have a conversation with the unit leadership and the HSO for guidance and approval to live off-post. We recommend that soldiers E5 and below with joint custody, or court ordered to support family members, do not sign a lease prior to approval from finance, housing and an endorsement from the military commander.
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Fort Hood Housing-Other:
Living in on-base housing is voluntary, not mandatory, except for personnel assigned to key and mission-essential positions, which are designated by the installation commander. On-post housing consists of 13 housing villages containing single-family housing and townhomes, with two to five bedrooms.
Service members can apply for on-post housing within 30 days of their arrival to Fort Hood and will receive an eligibility date for the housing requirement. If an application is made after the initial 30 days, the eligibility date will be the date of the application.
The service member can apply at the Fort Hood family housing website. Applications are also accepted at the housing office, located at the Copeland Services Center, Building 18010, T.J. Mills Boulevard. Call 254-285-2313. For Liberty Village, call 254-526-3788 or go to www.fthood-libertyvillage.com.
For more housing information regarding on-post rental applications, visit the Fort Hood Army housing online user services. Once the application has been submitted and screened, you will be contacted by a leasing agent.