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United States Marine Corps
2625 Lehardy Street
San Diego, CA 92136
When planning for a move with the military, you might consider moving into government housing. Government housing is owned and maintained by the Department of Defense and is typically on the installation. Eligibility and availability for this type of housing may vary by service member, family size and installation. Learn more about the different options, benefits and discounts that may be available to you through government housing.
Military Family Housing in the San Diego region is the largest housing complex network in the world. As such, the wait time for base housing can be long, so military families should be prepared to occupy civilian-sector housing for a period of time prior to receiving military housing assignment.
The Commander, Naval Region Southwest Family Housing Welcome Center at Naval Base San Diego is responsible for assignment of all military families in the San Diego area, including Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. It is highly recommended that each service member and family check in to the CNRSW Family Housing Welcome Center upon arrival to the San Diego area. For more information, please visit the CNRSW Family Housing Welcome Center website or call 619-556-8443.
All officer and enlisted personnel accompanied by their bona fide family members are eligible to apply for MFH and public private venture housing. MFH is limited and must be applied for at the Assignment/Referral Office located at Naval Base San Diego.
Sponsors with family members designated as Category IV or V in the Exception Family Member Program will be housed on a priority basis. Service members whose families are experiencing severe hardships should call the Housing Office for special assistance and services available to them.
A sponsor enrolled and assigned an EFMP Category IV is entitled to priority assignment to government housing. Housing is located on base as well as in the community areas throughout San Diego County. For specific housing areas, please contact the EFMP at MCRD San Diego at 619-876-2642.
You will need the following in order to apply for base housing:
Personnel being transferred to a duty station in the San Diego area are encouraged to submit an application for government quarters as soon as they receive orders. Applications may be submitted on the DD 1746 form or the local housing application form. In each case, a copy of orders must be provided showing date of detachment from present command.
The CNRSW MFH Office is located at 2625 LeHardy Street, Building 3544, San Diego, CA 92136-5182. You can call the MFH Office at 619 556-8443 or DSN 312-526-8443. The fax number is 619-556-8012. Those applications submitted by mail must be confirmed within 30 days of reporting to MCRD San Diego by checking in with the Housing Office.
Your control date (effective date of application) determines your placement on the housing waiting list. The control date will usually be the date of detachment from your last permanent duty station, provided the application is received within 30 days of your arrival at your San Diego duty station.
There are 9,040 government houses located at 37 housing sites throughout San Diego area. Of these homes, 8,569 are enlisted units and 471 are officer units. The largest single housing site is Murphy Canyon Heights with 2,321 units.
Depending on the housing site selected, waiting times can be as little as 0-3 months or as long as 18-24 months. Please see the Lincoln Military Housing website for more information on housing availability, size of quarters, waiting time and pet restrictions.
The Secretary of the Navy has designated all MFH under the management control of the CNRSW as adequate public quarters. Basic Allowance for Housing is forfeited by personnel occupying this housing.
Assignment for all categories will be made primarily on a first-come, first-served basis. When two or more applicants have the same rank and the same control date, the date of rank of the applicant will govern. You may place your name on the waiting list for one area only. Applicants are given 30 days to change the area they have selected and retain their original control date. If you change the site you selected after 30 days, you will receive the date you changed sites as your control date. You are required to renew your application six months after your application control date, and every six months thereafter, until housed. Failure to renew your application will result in the cancellation of your application.
When you reach the top of the waiting list for the area you requested, you will be offered quarters. You will be given a selection of two units but not necessarily at the same time. Refusal to accept one of the two homes will result in the cancellation of your application. One deferral is permitted for such reasons as a civilian lease commitment, deployment, family not in area or other reasons which constitute a hardship. Deferrals in order to wait for the availability of specific quarters or street will not be authorized.
Once you have been assigned to quarters, you will not be permitted to apply to transfer to other quarters except in the case of a promotion or significant change in family composition.
Applicants requesting reassignment within MFH are required to pass a housekeeping inspection. Failure to pass the inspection will result in the cancellation of the application. You will be allowed three working days to relocate from one set of quarters to another. When you reach the top of the waiting list for the area you requested, you will be offered quarters. You will be given a selection of two units but not necessarily at the same time. Refusal to accept one of the two homes will result in the cancellation of your application.
Since waiting times vary for each housing site and waiting list, please contact the MFH Office for the most current estimate for the housing site waiting list you have selected.
Single Service Member Housing
A limited number of single (or otherwise authorized) service members may be housed in the bachelor enlisted quarters aboard the MCRD San Diego. Please contact the BEQ Office at 619-524-6451 for specifics regarding application.
Most of the military family housing communities do not allow pets or have severe pet restrictions. There are limited military housing districts which accommodate pets in government quarters. Please check the Lincoln Military Housing website for specific details.
A limited number of single (or otherwise authorized) service members may be housed in the bachelor enlisted quarters aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Please contact the BEQ Office at 619-524-6451/1947 for specifics regarding application.
Most of the military family housing communities do not allow pets or have severe pet restrictions. There are limited housing districts which accommodate pets in military family housing. Please check the Lincoln Military Housing website for specific details.
Driving Directions to the Housing Office from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
The MFH Office is located at Naval Station San Diego on LeHardy Street (about five miles south of MCRD San Diego), across from the main commissary and exchange complex.
Take Interstate Highway 5 south, passing through downtown San Diego, and get in the far right-hand lane to prepare to take the 28th Street exit ramp. At the stop sign at the end of the ramp, turn right onto 28th Street. Go west about one-half mile (crossing Boston Avenue and Main Street). Enter the commissary/exchange complex by turning left onto LeHardy Street by passing through the gated entrance. You can reach the MFH Office at 619-556-8443 or DSN 312-556-8443.
Address for the Naval Base San Diego Housing Service Center
Building 35442625 LeHardy St., First FloorNaval Base San DiegoSan Diego, CA 92136
Precautions Due to the COVID-19 Virus
Lincoln Military Housing and Navy partners are complying with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and have temporarily closed doors to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The military housing team will continue working normal business hours via phone and email to assist military families in securing housing.