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United States Navy
Housing Service Center
2625 LeHardy Street
San Diego, CA 92136
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.
The Commander, Navy Region Southwest Family Housing Welcome Center at Naval Base San Diego is responsible for assignment of military housing and provision of community housing referrals to all military families in San Diego, including Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Recruit Depot. It is highly recommended that each service member and family check in to the CNRSW Family Housing Welcome Center upon arrival to San Diego. For more information, please visit the CNRSW Family Housing website or call the CNRSW Family Housing Welcome Center at 619-556-8443.
There are over 9,000 government homes located in 38 housing sites throughout San Diego. Of these homes, approximately 8,600 are enlisted units and 600 are officer 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 housing website for more information on housing availability, size of quarters, waiting time and pet restrictions.
San Diego has entered into a public private venture with Lincoln BP Management, Inc., a private property management company. Members who reside in a PPV unit are required to sign a six-month lease and pay (via allotment) the equivalent of the member's monthly Basic Allowance for Housing rate. Some neighborhoods offer discounted rates. The Navy has joined Lincoln to improve and expand housing for service members and their families. Remember to consider rental insurance for when occupying government housing to cover your personal property. For more information and details on the housing neighborhoods in the San Diego area, including photos and floor plans, visit the Lincoln Military Housing website.
All officers and enlisted personnel with accompanying dependents are eligible to apply for Military Family Housing. MFH is limited and may be applied for at the CNRSW Family Housing Welcome Center located at NBSD or you may send the required documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to apply, you are required to have the following:
All personnel are required to renew their applications every six months. Renewal may be made in person or by telephone at 619-556-8443 or DSN 312-526-8443. The CNRSW Family Housing Welcome Center recommends the service member or spouse periodically check with the center regarding the status of your application. Failure to provide current information may result in a delay in your assignment to housing.
Single Service Member Housing
NBSD offers barracks and privatized housing to qualified single service members. It is the responsibility of the service member to check into the Billeting Office for room assignment. Your command sponsor is your link to specific needs; however, CNRSW Fleet and Family Support Center is also standing by to provide information and resources.
San Diego offers the nation's first large-scale privatized effort for single service members. The Pacific Beacon is comprised of three 18-story residential towers located on Naval Base San Diego. It offers resort-style amenities and world-class services such as a sky terrace with heated resort-style pool and hot tub, rooftop lounges with barbeques and spectacular bay and city views, 24-hour concierge service, a Wi-Fi café, game rooms, basketball and sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, three fitness centers and running track on site.
Private bedroom suites include full bath, balcony or private garden, a fully-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar as well as individual washers and dryers in all units.
Pacific Beacon is open to some military service members in the metro San Diego area. For more information, contact the Pacific Beacon Office at 619-231-3400. You can view photos and access specific information on the Pacific Beacon website.
Exceptional Family Member Housing
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory program to support families with special needs. Various physical, emotional, developmental and educational special needs may require enrollment. For more information, contact the CNRSW FFSC. There are six categories of EFM which identify the level of special care required. Family members designated as categories IV and V are severely disabled and permanency in living arrangements is desirable. Personnel being assigned under EFM categories IV or V priority status are not permitted to choose a neighborhood. EFM assignments are made at the discretion of the CNRSW Family Housing Welcome Center. Once an EFM family has been assigned to MFH, they are not automatically eligible for priority relocation when they have a change in status, such as family composition or pay grade. Requests for priority relocation should be submitted in writing via the service member's command to the appropriate housing office. More details include:
The Department of Defense relies on the local community to provide the majority of housing occupied by military personnel and their families. Since military family housing is only built when there is a shortage of suitable, affordable housing in the private sector, most military families live in off-base rental or privately-owned properties. In San Diego, many military families live in housing in the private sector.
Basic Allowance for Housing is a tax-free housing allowance provided to military members (with and without dependents) who are authorized to reside off base at government expense. BAH amounts are determined by location, rank and whether or not the member has dependents.
The cost of purchasing a home in San Diego varies widely and the average cost of housing in San Diego is high compared to other locations around the country. Opportunities to purchase or rent are available throughout the county and the types of housing available are as varied as the communities therein. Single-family homes, condos, townhouses and apartments are available throughout the private sector.
Military housing tenants are protected by the same state and federal fair housing and consumer protection laws as civilian tenants. Due to the DOD's authority to relocate military members to new assignments without their consent, Congress enacted legislation that permits military tenants to lawfully terminate rental contracts early without penalty when they receive military orders to relocate. In times of war, members may be deployed for extended periods without the worry of owing rent on units they could not occupy. Contact the Region Legal Services Office for information on protections afforded by the Service Members Civil Relief Act.
There are many and varied mobile home communities in the San Diego local community. Speak with the Commander, Navy Region Southwest Family Housing Welcome Center to find out more information. There are no government mobile home parks in the San Diego area.
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation website offers information on recreational vehicle parks for vacations.
Commander Navy Region Southwest Family Housing Welcome Center is your contact for any problems you may encounter such as discrimination complaints, tenant/landlord disputes, or any questions or problems about off-base housing. Staff can provide you a list of rentals and information regarding the communities in which the rentals are located. All renters should carry renters insurance against fire, theft and other damages. The property owner's insurance will cover the property but not the renter's personal property. Be sure to transfer coverage from your previous home after you arrive.
While the average cost of housing in San Diego is high, opportunities to purchase or rent are available throughout the county and the types of housing available are as varied as the communities therein. Single-family homes, condos, townhouses and apartments are available throughout the private sector.
Rental Partnership Program
The San Diego Housing Service Center is partnering with local landlords to provide active-duty military personnel with affordable off-base housing. All participating landlords will offer:
· Waived application/credit fees
· Reduced deposits
· Rental rates below the market rent
To qualify, you must have orders to a San Diego command with at least one year remaining in the San Diego area, at least one year remaining in active-duty service, good rental history, and be receiving San Diego Basic Allowance for Housing. Rent must be paid by allotment. Required documents include your permanent change of station orders to a San Diego command and a copy of your leave and earnings statement. For more information, please contact the San Diego Housing Service Center at 619-556-8443.
Deposits and Fees
Many real estate agents/landlords require fees to process your application. This fee offsets their expense for verifying your credit references, employment history, etc. Any unused portion of the fee must be refunded to the applicant. A landlord is also required by law to send a copy of an applicant's credit report if requested by the applicant.
In California, a security deposit for unfurnished residential property may be twice the cost of rent. For furnished apartments, the landlord may charge up to three times the rent.
In California, there are no non-refundable security deposits. No matter what it’s called, all money you pay in addition to your first month’s rent is refundable. Non-refundable deposits are illegal according to Section 1950.5 of the California Civil Code.
Many San Diego landlords prohibit pets while others will allow them with an additional deposit or non-refundable fee. The amount may vary according to the type, size and number of pets. There may also be an additional monthly charge for allowing your pets.
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San Diego's Military Housing Welcome Center offers personalized housing services to help with temporary and long-term apartment, condo, and home rentals, in addition to home buying counseling. All military personnel, unaccompanied and accompanied, their families, and DoD employees are eligible for these services. Call 619-556-8443 or visit the Metro San Diego Family Housing Center, located onboard Naval Base San Diego at 2625 LeHardy Street, Bldg 3544, San Diego, CA 92136. You may also visit the Navy Housing website.