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United States Navy
Navy Housing Referral Office (HRO)
1710 Cavin Drive
Great Lakes, IL 60088-3402
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.
Navy Housing Referral Office -- The Navy HRO 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. The HRO will provide you a list of rentals with corresponding locator maps and give you information regarding the communities in which the rentals are located. All renters should obtain/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.
For information regarding off-base community housing for sale or rent, please contact the Great Lakes Navy HRO.
Average Cost of Living
The average cost of living for this area is based on a U.S. average of 100. An amount below 100 means Lake County, IL is cheaper than the U.S. average. A cost of living index above 100 means Lake County, IL is more expensive. Overall, Lake County, IL cost of living is 101.
One analysis of rental options in the area provides the following information:
North Chicago, IL apartments and rentals -- Renters make up 57.41% of the North Chicago, IL population. In North Chicago, IL, 8.46% of houses and apartments are unoccupied (vacancy rate).
Lake County, IL Apartments and Rentals -- Renters make up 20.78% of the Lake County, IL population. In Lake County, IL, 4.25% of houses and apartments are unoccupied (vacancy rate).
There is Single military billeting available with orders. Single military service personnel interested in Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH) should contact UPH (Central Billeting) at 847-688-2170 or DSN 312-792-2170.
Temporary lodging accommodations can be obtained by contacting either the Navy Lodge or Navy Gateway Inns & Suites. Both facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When making reservations, please ensure to inform the reservationist if executing permanent change of station orders. To make reservations at the Navy Lodge, call 800-NAVYINN (628-9466) or visit their website. To make reservations at the NGIS, military personnel on PCS orders can call 877-NAVYBED (628-9233), 847-688-3746, or DSN 312-792-3746. Reservations at the NGIS can also be made through the central reservations system website.
The room rate at the Navy Lodge is $70 a night, which includes amenities such as queen-size beds and kitchenette, as well as complimentary breakfast to go served between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Pets no larger than 50 pounds are also allowed at the Navy Lodge at an additional fee for families on PCS orders. Two pets may be accommodated. Room rates and amenities for NGIS can be obtained when making reservations.
Visitors Quarters (temporary duty): Visitors to Naval Station Great Lakes may obtain reservation information by accessing the website or by calling 877-NAVYBED (628-9233). Guests coming here on orders will need a copy of their orders and ID card upon check-in. Use of government travel cards is the preferred method of payment. Major credit cards are accepted, excluding American Express and Discover. Reservations should be made as far in advance as possible. Check-in time for NGIS is 3 p.m. and check out is 11 a.m. Reservations that are not confirmed prior to 6 p.m. will result in cancellation of reservation.
Bachelor Personnel in the grade E5 and above: Bachelors in the pay grade E5 and above may be authorized to draw basic allowance for housing and live off base.
Geographical Bachelor: Berthed in double occupancy room with shared bathroom. Rooms have limited space and furnishings. Cable TV, DSL and telephone service are available, but each resident is responsible for setting up a contract with the provider. Space to house GBs is limited, so please contact the front desk at 847-688-2170 if intending on applying for GB status.
Note: Approval as a GB for berthing purposes at Naval Station Great Lakes is not guaranteed; must show hardship in GB request.
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Availability of housing at Great Lakes is good at both the naval installation and within the local off-base civilian community. Information and other housing service assistance can be obtained through either the Great Lakes HRO or Hunt, aka Great Lakes Family Housing Management Office. Information about Unaccompanied Housing can be on obtained through the front desk of Admiral Boorda Hall. The front desk is open 24/7.
Military Housing Privatization
Our Public Private Venture (PPV) Partnership at Great Lakes with Hunt Companies was implemented effective February 22, 2016. Hunt Companies assumed total responsibility of the day-to-day operation, management and maintenance functions of previously government-owned military family housing at the Great Lakes naval base. Prior to Hunt Companies, Forest City Residential Management was the naval installation’s PPV partner from January 1, 2006, through February 22, 2016.
Application and Eligibility
Application for assignment to PPV housing at Great Lakes must be submitted to the Navy HRO upon receipt of Permanent Change of Station orders. Applications must be made on DD Form 1746 (Applications for Assignment to Housing) and submitted with a copy of Permanent Change of Station orders, Page 2 (Emergency Dependency Data Record), and Detachment Endorsement (NAVCOMPT Form 3067). Military service members applying for PPV housing at Naval Station Great Lakes should NOT submit a housing application through our PPV partner’s third party website HomeLink.com located on their website at www.navygreatlakesfamilyhousing.com. The appropriate housing application package to complete pertaining to applying for PPV housing at Naval Station Great Lakes can be provided to military service members upon request via the Navy HRO e-mail address: email@example.com.
Note: Military service members applying for PPV housing at Naval Station Great Lakes must complete and provide along with the DD Form 1746 housing application, a Sexual Offender Addendum Form, which can be obtained at the Navy HRO. This requirement is also applicable to service members applying for unaccompanied bachelor housing as well. Policy guidance regarding this requirement is contained in OPNAVINST 1752.3 and CNICINST 5009.3. Forms can also be obtained here.
Military service men, women, and/or their family members can ascertain the availability of PPV housing by contacting the Hunt, aka Great Lakes Family Housing Management Office at 847-689-4312 Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (the Navy HRO is not responsible for availability)
PPV Pet Policy
There is a dog breed restriction policy associated with PPV housing assignment that prohibits the following breeds: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers or Perro de Presa Canarios. No barnyard or exotic pets such as chickens, ducks, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, etc. will be allowed.
Great Lakes Housing availability is good both at the installation and in the local community. Call the Navy Family Housing Office at 847-688-3440 ext. 134, for availability.