ALTUS AFB HOUSING: 5 ON-BASE OPTIONS
By Chris Walker
IntroductionWelcome to Altus AFB, located in southwest Oklahoma; about two hours southwest of Oklahoma City. Being in a very rural area of southwest Oklahoma, you may not be interested in buying a home or living in the local community. If that’s the case, on-base housing may be the best option for you. This guide will help you figure out your on-base housing options on Altus AFB and get you started. Suggested Read: Altus AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center
Oklahoma BAHBasic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is provided for your base based on your rank and location. BAH is given if housing on-base is not available and you are looking at living in the surrounding area. The calculator below will help you figure out your BAH for your rank, time in service, and duty station. You can follow this link to look up your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for your rank and zip code. This will help you create your budget and guide your home search. To learn more about what goes into your military BAH rate, visit our in-depth guide here.
Altus AFB BarracksUnaccompanied permanent personnel can take advantage of housing through the Unaccompanied Housing office. Unaccompanied personnel in the ranks of E1-E3 and E-4 with fewer than three years’ service are eligible for a room in one of the two dormitories which are within walking distance of the Exchange, Commissary, dining facility, fitness centers and more. Each Airman is provided with a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and cleaning supplies. In most cases, you will be assigned a room in an area of the dormitories set aside for your unit to maintain unit integrity.
Altus AFB Unaccompanied Housing97 CES/CEIHD Altus AFB, OK 73523
Phone: 1 (580) 481-6818
Hours: Monday through Friday 0730-1630
Altus AFB Housing OfficeTo apply for Altus AFB base family housing, contact the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive your orders to Altus AFB. The MHO team can inform you of the process and notify you of current wait times for housing if any. For any other information, both accompanied or unaccompanied, on-base or off-base housing, you can check out the Air Force’s housing website here. Housing on-base is a public-private partnership with Altus AFB Homes. The Air Force manages your housing application and the waitlist. The Privatized Managing Partner manages the lease signing, property management, and meeting the residents’ needs.
Altus AFB Military Housing Office97 CES/CEIH 401 L Ave Altus AFB, OK 73523
Phone: 1 (580) 481-7235
Hours: Monday through Friday: 0730-1630
Altus AFB Housing OptionsThere are eight distinct neighborhoods on Altus AFB with various floor plans and amenities. The community is entirely pet friendly including large breed dogs though there are some restrictions on numbers and breeds.
Altus AFB Housing AmenitiesCommunity amenities include:
- On-site management and maintenance
- Basketball courts
- Community center with fitness room
- Covered picnic pavilions
- Curbside trash and recycling pick-up
- Lawn care services
- Pet friendly
- Playgrounds and tot lots
- Recreation trails
- Resident activities and events
- Sand volleyball courts
Note: Even though some neighborhoods may include all ranks, only certain units within that neighborhood may be available to certain ranks. Though some neighborhoods are open to all ranks, certain floor plans may be restricted to those of higher rank.
Ranks: E1-E9, O1-O4 This neighborhood has two to four bedroom homes with a garage, master suite, ample closet and storage space. It is a short walk to the L Mendel Rivers Elementary School, park, tot lots, Shoppette, BX, and Commissary.
Ranks: E1-E7 This neighborhood features three and four bedroom homes with a fully equipped kitchen, breakfast bar, laundry rooms, and master suite. The homes are near the community center, fitness center, pool, and L Mendel Rivers Elementary School.
Ranks: E1-E6, military retirees, DoD civilians This neighborhood features three and four bedroom homes with master suite, fenced-in backyards, and ample storage and closet space. The neighborhood features playgrounds and is within walking distance to the Elementary School.
4. Great Plains
Ranks: E7-E8, O1-O6, military retirees, DoD employees This neighborhood features two and three bedroom homes less than a mile from the Altus Jasmine Gate. The homes have a patio, porch, laundry room, garage, access to playgrounds and recreational trails.
Ranks: E7-E8, O4-O5, military retirees, DoD employees This neighborhood features three bedroom homes with a safe room, master suite with walk-in closets, and garage. The neighborhood has its own playgrounds, tot lots, and is within walking distance of the BX, Commissary, and Shoppette.
ConclusionMoving is an inevitability when you’re in the military and that can be exhausting. Take advantage of all the resources that the military and base personnel offer and you can make this chore a little easier and focus on getting your family settled and happy. Check out other articles to help you get your bearings and your family settled so you can start exploring and enjoying your new home!
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