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United States Army
Housing Services Office
3401 Santiago Avenue
Building 3401 Santiago Avenue, First Floor
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
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.
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Fort Wainwright has more than 1,800 Privatized Housing Units located on post. The majority are within walking distance of elementary schools, the AAFES Shoppette, child care center and chapels. Housing for families with exceptional family members is available. Call 907-353-1190.
Housing Services (HSO) Local Rental Housing
All military members MUST in-process through the Housing Services Office (HSO) prior to entering into any rental or sales agreement on or off the installation. HSO provides off-post housing services and is located in Bldg. 3401. HSO will assist both married and single Soldiers in locating affordable rental housing on the economy and may be contacted at 907-353-1190/1696. The Preferred Tenant Program (PTP) is a service for Soldiers who reside off post for a period of one year or more or who would prefer to reside off post permanently. PTP is specifically designed for military personnel and offers a 3 percent rent reduction to PTP eligible members. For information concerning this program, call 907-353-1190/1696.
The HSO is your contact for any problems you may encounter such as discrimination complaints, tenant/landlord disputes, or any questions or concerns on any housing issue. The HSO will provide you a list of rentals and information regarding the communities in which the rentals are located. All renters should carry renters insurance for theft and other damages. The property owner's insurance will cover the property but not the renter's personal property.
Apartment rents average approximately $912 per month for one bedroom, $1,161 for two bedrooms, and $1,661 for three bedrooms. Houses $1,421 for two bedroom, $1,614 for three bedroom, $2,352 for four bedroom or higher rents for larger styles. Utilities will vary in cost, depending on location, type of utilities and time of year but can increase monthly housing costs considerably depending on the type of utility. It is recommended that inbound families obtain a letter of credit, showing their most recent one-year payment history, from their current utility providers. If your credit history is good, Fairbanks area utilities will generally waive the deposit requirement prior to initiating service. Very few rentals will accept pets of any kind and it is recommended that individuals with pets be prepared to make other arrangements for their care. There is a limit of two pets in NHC privatized Housing and individuals arriving with excess pets. Rent for houses is higher than for apartments or duplexes with an accompanying higher utility rate, especially for all-electric homes. (Natural gas is limited in Fairbanks and oil is a common source of home heating.) There are a limited number of four and five bedroom houses available. Soldiers requiring four or five bedrooms or larger should be absolutely assured that housing is waiting upon arrival prior to bringing their family members to Alaska. Visit www.homes.mil
There are few mobile homes in the area due to Alaska's extreme weather conditions, mobile homes are typically not insulated for the extreme weather and increased heating costs can occur.
Privatized Housing (On Post) North Haven Communities (NHC)
Fort Wainwright has more than 1800 Privatized Housing Units located on post. The majority are within walking distance of elementary schools, the AAFES Shoppette, child care center and chapels. Depending on the number of PCS rotations and size of families departing, the wait for housing can be from 14-45 days. Please contact their Leasing Office at 907-356-7000 or 877-837-3098 for more information.
Application and Eligibility for NHC
Service members may apply for housing by going to their website, www.nhcalaska.com and choose the Fort Wainwright option or you can apply in person at the North Haven leasing office in located in Building 3401, Santiago Road, first floor. Supporting documentation needed to be added to a wait list includes; orders to Fort Wainwright, command sponsorship of all dependents, current leave form. The wait for on-post housing tends to change seasonally.
Housing Units are either two, three, four or five bedrooms. Most units are two-story four to eight-plexes, while field grade officer housing features duplexes. There is an absolute maximum limit of two (2) dogs/cats or a combination of the two in on-post NHC housing, however you may submit an exception to policy for review. Companion and service animals will be considered for exception with paperwork. If you have pets, you MUST check the NHC web site, www.nhcalaska.com to determine if they are pets which will be accepted in housing, some species and breeds are banned entirely.
Americans With Disabilities (Handicapped Accessible) Housing (ADA modified)
Housing for families with access challenged family members is available in limited quantities. It is very important for inbound families to coordinate any specific housing modification needs with the NHC office in advance of arrival. Family members must be screened by the EFMP program before arriving. Make sure any EFMP family members are enrolled in the program prior to your PCS to Alaska and notify the Housing Services Office of your needs upon arrival.
Unaccompanied Housing for Single and Dual Military Soldiers (Barracks and SEQ/SOQ)
The Brigades are currently operating a decentralized unit managed barracks program known as the Army Barracks Management Program (ABMP). Single Soldier's and dual military in the pay grade of E-6 and below should contact their unit for barracks room assignment. Dual military couples who are not stationed jointly at Fort Wainwright are considered single and unaccompanied Soldiers and are required to reside in the barracks. Exceptions to this policy are submitted at the ABMP office at Building 3015 Montgomery Rd, 907-361-4598/7168. Bachelor Officer and Senior Enlisted Quarters (BOQ/SBEQ) are managed by the ABMP staff located at 3015 Montgomery Road. A limited number of BOQs/BEQs are available at Fort Wainwright. Pets are prohibited in barracks and BOQ/SBEQ facilities, with few exceptions such a small fish aquariums. Any Single Soldier requiring housing other than barracks is required to in-process with the Housing Services Office in Building 3401 prior to entering into any lease, rental agreement or home purchase contract. Certificate of non-availability is controlled by the HSO located in Building 3401 Santiago Road at 907-353-1190/1696.
The acceptable commute from off-post rental housing to the installation is a maximum of 30 minutes as measured in extreme adverse weather conditions (extreme cold, Ice Fog, Snow storm conditions). The HSO has information on the commute time from the installation to available rental property, contact the HSO at 907-353-1190/1696 for guidance BEFORE signing a rental agreement.
The difficulties in obtaining an off-post rental or on-post NHC housing which will accept your pet cannot be stressed enough. While it is understood that pets are valuable members of the household, a pet is a completely personal responsibility that landlords do not assume. Therefore a landlord may set limits on the size, type and quantity of animal they will accept. The vast majority of landlords in Alaska will not accept pets in any fashion due to the additional wear & tear and damages which may occur. The cost of repair and cleaning is extremely high in Alaska, while the deposits and fees that landlords are allowed to charge are somewhat limited. If you have pets, it is of paramount importance that you begin making your moving plans and rental search at the earliest possible opportunity. The HSO can assist you in locating housing that may accept your particular pet. IAW the JFTR, TLA will not be authorized due to difficulties in obtaining housing that will accommodate pets.
Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)
TLA is authorized by the HSO, no other organization or agency can authorize TLA. The majority of Soldiers arriving accompanied by command sponsored family members and those single Soldiers in the grade of E-7 and above will be authorized TLA as a part of the initial in-processing with the HSO. You must in-process and obtain a TLA authorization within your first three (3) days of arrival at Fort Wainwright. TLA is authorized in ten-day increments and you must provide proof of an aggressive housing search to be validated by the HSO at the end of each 10-day period. A maximum of twenty (20) days can be authorized to locate and secure a rental agreement or offer of housing from NHC that you are expected to occupy within a maximum of sixty (60) days from the date you signed in to Fort Wainwright. Failure to secure the rental agreement/NHC offer within the initial 20 days (which must provide a move in date less than 60 days from your sign in date) will result in termination of TLA at the ten (10) day point.