As you arrive at Fort Drum, no doubt a top priority is finding a place to make your home. The North Country can be a great place to live and offers Soldiers and Families several choices. Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes is your on-post housing option, offering unique amenities and conveniently located homes designed as premier living for today’s military Families.
Privatization of On-Post Military Housing
The military transitioned from government-owned and managed housing to privately managed housing through partnerships with well-known, professional companies to improve the quality of housing and services provided. The Residential Communities Initiative was created to improve the quality of housing and services, eliminate substandard housing, build additional homes to meet demand and sustain existing housing. At Fort Drum, Lendlease and the Department of the Army created a limited liability corporation called Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes (Mountain Community Homes) to renovate and maintain pre-existing residences and construct new homes on Fort Drum to meet the growing demands of the 10th Mountain Division (LI). In addition to maintaining residential communities once managed by the government, Mountain Community Homes tends to daily management of the property. Established in 2004, Mountain Community Homes provides housing services for all incoming Soldiers, excluding those who require barracks. Single Soldiers Sergeant (E-5) and below are provided barracks accommodations through their assigned military units.
Welcome Home Center
Upon in-processing, you will visit the Welcome Home Center on the second floor of Clark Hall. This is your one-stop shop for all housing needs. Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Welcome Home Center and its professional staff provides one-on-one counseling services that cover all housing options for Soldiers and their Families. Here is a brief overview of what Fort Drum and the surrounding areas offer:
Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes
Leasing Office: Welcome Home Center, Clark Hall
Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes (Mountain Community Homes) consists of over 3,800 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes in four premier residential communities. The community welcomes Soldiers and their Families, members of the Guard and Reserves, Department of Defense civilians who support our armed services, military retirees who have proudly served our country, as well as civilians to make their home at Fort Drum.
On-post living is the best housing option for your Family to get the most out of your money, while enjoying the convenience of living close to work, the security of a gated community and all that Fort Drum has to offer. Monthly rent covers everything your Family needs for stress-free living including trash and recycling pick up, 24-hour emergency maintenance, free use of community amenities, basic utilities and more! As an added benefit of choosing to live on-post, active-duty applicants do not pay a security deposit or first and last month’s rent. Don’t forget to ask about current specials. Many homes are available at prices less than BAH.
In addition to the newly constructed and renovated homes, there are four state-of-the-art community centers at the heart of each community boasting a variety of amenities including indoor playgrounds, bark parks, splash parks, skate parks, fitness centers and more. Your Family also has an exclusive invitation to monthly resident events which provide an opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors.
Each home is furnished with a refrigerator, range, garbage disposal, dishwasher and washer and dryer hook ups. Every home has a garage with an electric opener, programmable thermostats, air conditioning, ceiling fans and privacy blinds. You also have outdoor space to call your own, many times with the choice of a private balcony or fenced-in yard.
Mountain Community Homes welcomes a maximum of three furry Family members (dog or cat) to each home. These pets must be microchipped and registered with the on-post veterinary services and dogs licensed with the Town of LeRay. For more information on pets and breed restrictions, please contact the Welcome Home Center or visit www.fortdrummch.com/resident-resources.
Apply for Housing
Applying for your home with Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes (Mountain Community Homes) is easy. Contact the Welcome Home Center to meet with a leasing consultant or apply online at www.fortdrummch.com.
All newly incoming Families applying to live with Mountain Community Homes should apply in advance, if possible. By contacting the Welcome Home Center ahead of time, you get the process started while decreasing the pressure of trying to get all documents turned in during the already stressful time of moving to a new duty station. After applying in advance you have the benefit of becoming active on the waitlist as early as 90 days from your report date — increasing the chances of being offered a home when it is most convenient for your Family.
In order to receive the best activation date and priority 2 status, applicants must apply within 60 days of signing out of their last duty station. After 60 days have elapsed, the eligibility date becomes the date of application and a lower priority is assigned.
When applying, please be prepared with the following documents:
- Orders to Fort Drum and all amendments
- Marriage certificate
- Birth certificates for children
- Custody and guardianship paperwork
- Pregnancy verification
- TDY orders
- Special power of attorney
- Current LES
Requests for reasonable accommodation or modification for a disability should be submitted in writing at the Welcome Home Center.
If a spouse wishes to sign for a home while the Soldier is deployed or TDY, the spouse is required to have a special power of attorney.
Priority Placement Process
Mountain Community Homes has a tiered priority placement process. This process is intended to give newly arriving military Families the best opportunity to live on post within the first 60 days of activating an application, while encouraging all applicants to get settled into a home that suits their needs for the duration of their time at Fort Drum.
Key and Essential
Personnel as determined by the Commanding General.
Soldiers not currently living with Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes, but are assigned to the Warriors in Transition Unit (WTU) as a “direct result of armed combat” or those who have “serious physical disabilities” as determined by WTUcommand.
- Any Soldier newly assigned to Fort Drum. A Soldier is considered newly arrived from 90 days prior to report date through 60 days after the report date on orders to Fort Drum.
- Dual military and single parents who previously cleared their home on post due to military orders to deploy.
- Current residents who must have more than two people in a bedroom due to gain in Family member.
- Single pregnant Soldiers for 60 days effective the date they become eligible to receive BAH.
- Newly married Soldiers for 60 days effective the date of their marriage.
- Soldiers who are arriving within 90 days of deploying have the option to apply before, during or after their deployment and receive their 60 days of priority 2 status when they go active on our waitlist.
- Soldiers TDY en route to Fort Drum can choose to go active for 60 days once signed out of their last duty station and during TDY (activation date is the date of sign out from last duty station), or defer until they are within 90 days of their report date on their orders to Fort Drum.
- First-time applicants currently living on the economy.
- Service members who are newly arrived to Fort Drum, newly married or single pregnant Soldiers AFTER day 61 of their eligibility date.
- Current residents with a gain in rank or Family member.
- Previous residents who moved out due to any reason other than PCS and ETS.
- Current residents with a gain in Family member.
- Non-military applicants.
To use permissive TDY for house hunting at Fort Drum, you must have your DA Form 31 validated at the Army Community Housing Office next to the Welcome Home Center on your arrival date to Fort Drum or the next duty day the office is open. DA Form 1747 (Status of Housing Availability) is no longer required for Soldiers departing CONUS, Alaska and Hawaii. Incoming Families are encouraged to apply in advance by contacting the Welcome Home Center. You can apply with an advance application as soon as you receive orders to Fort Drum.
Management and Maintenance of Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes
Each community has a designated community manager, assistant community manager and resident services coordinators. The community center staff is ultimately responsible for property upkeep, including homes and common areas. They are responsible for enforcing standards and policies to enhance the quality of life in these communities.
Another attractive feature of on-post living is the included property maintenance and 24-hour emergency service provided by Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes. The centrally managed maintenance department streamlines repair services provided and reduces resident wait times.
The Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes website at www.fortdrummch.com allows current residents to submit routine requests for service online and provide feedback.
Leasing Office: Main Street, Fort Drum
The Timbers is an exciting option for single and/or unaccompanied Soldiers – Staff Sergeant and above. Established in 2009, The Timbers is made up of 192 one and two bedroom apartments along with a modern community center that includes TVs throughout, an outdoor wood-burning fireplace, theater room, full kitchen, billiards, Wi-Fi and more. Conveniently located on Fort Drum, the community boasts a variety of unique features, including grilling pavilions with gas grills, a basketball court, garages, storage units and walking trails.
Call today or visit www.fortdrumtimbers.com for more information.
Army Community Housing Office (Housing Services Office HSO))
Clark Hall, Room A2-54
The Army Community Housing Office provides the following off-post housing services:
- Provide off-post counseling and referral assistance.
- Answer questions and provide information about the local area (schools, recreation, transportation, lodging, winter weather, etc.).
- Inspect off-post rental properties to determine suitability.
- Review, clarify and explain leases.
- Mediate tenant-landlord disputes.
- Process off-post housing complaints.
- Provide home buying information and assistance.
- Explain tenant rights and responsibilities.
- Validate the DA Form 31 for Permissive TDY.*
* Soldiers on Permissive TDY for house-hunting purposes must have their DA Form 31 verified/stamped on the first available duty day. Failure to secure the validation/stamp may result in the Soldier being charged leave for the entire period.
There are many towns and villages within easy commute of Fort Drum, which offer more than 10,000 rental properties within a 20-mile drive from post. As the market varies, so do the options available. The Welcome Home Center staff provides assistance with what is currently available in the marketplace and offers information on other considerations to think about in addition to rent, such as commute distances, winter weather conditions, property amenities and utility costs.
Purchase a Home
Instead of renting, you may decide a home purchase best suits your needs. Army Community Services and Neighbors of Watertown offer home buying education classes. Contact the Army Community Housing office at the Welcome Home Center for more information and questions regarding home buying at 315-772-6883. The Northern New York Multiple Listing Service offers a comprehensive website at www.nnymls.com to search for and view homes and properties for sale. The Welcome Home Center provides Realtor and housing marketing information. Purchasing a home is a huge investment. It is in your best interest to discuss this option with a knowledgeable consultant to be more fully informed.
Single Soldier Housing (SSH) Branch
Clark Hall, Room A2-54
The staff, working in concert with mission units, is committed to providing well-maintained, safe and clean housing for our single Soldiers living on Fort Drum. The Barracks Program reinforces the partnership between mission units and the garrison staff as it relates to providing quality unaccompanied housing facilities and services.
Visit www.housing.army.mil and select Drum to view what our 1+1 and 1+0 (private room and private bath) rooms look like. Furnishings include, but are not limited to, bed, mattress, five-drawer chest, desk, desk chair, refrigerator and microwave. Day rooms in each building include a flat-screen television, chairs, love seat, couches, card tables, pool tables and foosball tables.
- All single Soldiers sergeant (E-5) and below in-process at SSH in Clark Hall to get issued a barracks room in their assigned unit area. An NCO sponsor from their newly assigned unit must accompany newly arriving Soldiers and know what room the Soldier is to be housed in.
- Inform Barracks Management NCO of assigned unit.
- Complete in-processing packet.
- Receive short briefing, copy of cleaning standards, keycard to room and sign a hand receipt.
- Inspect room, return completed move-in inspection sheet within ten business days.
- Geographic bachelors are not authorized barracks space and will live on the economy in market housing.
- Please contact the SSH Office for eligibility details and Exception to Policy (ETP)/Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) procedures.
- Soldier is assigned to a law enforcement, criminal investigation, or counterintelligence unit and cannot be billeted IAW AR 420-1 – The Soldier’s chain of command (CoC) must submit the Soldier’s orders assigning them to Fort Drum and a memorandum signed by the Commander or his/her authorized representative, which requests that the Soldier be released from UH and be authorized BAH. This needs to be updated/renewed annually.
- Soldier is pregnant. The pregnant Soldier’s CoC must submit the Soldier’s orders assigning them to Fort Drum; a memorandum signed by the Commander or his/her authorized representative, which requests that the Soldier be released from UH and be authorized BAH; and, a DA Form 3349, with delivery due date, signed by an authorized medical authority. If after moving out of UH, the Soldier does not deliver the child, they must return to UH as soon as their lease or other housing arrangement allows.
- Soldier has purchased a home near Fort Drum prior to notification of assignment to Fort Drum. The Soldier’s CoC must submit the Soldier’s orders assigning them to Fort Drum; a memorandum signed by the Commander or his/her authorized representative, which requests that the Soldier be released from UH and be authorized BAH; and, a copy of the mortgage or deed for the home purchased.
- Soldier is married to another Soldier or service member residing at Fort Drum or within a 50 mile radius. The Soldier’s CoC must submit the assignment orders for both the Soldier and spouse and a copy of their marriage certificate.
- Soldier is married to another Soldier or service member that is departing service. The Soldier’s CoC must submit the Soldier’s orders assigning them to Fort Drum; the spouse’s separation order; a copy of their marriage certificate; and, a copy of their lease agreement (if applicable).
- Soldier is in a lease prior to civilian spouse’s service enlistment. The Soldier’s CoC must submit the Soldier’s orders assigning them to Fort Drum; the spouse’s orders for entry onto active duty; a copy of their marriage certificate; and, a copy of their lease agreement.
- Soldier has court ordered residential (physical) custody of a dependent child or children for more than six consecutive months during the calendar year. The Soldier’s CoC must submit the Soldier’s orders assigning them to Fort Drum; a memorandum signed by the Commander or his/her authorized representative, which requests that the Soldier be released from UH and be authorized BAH; DA Form 5960; and, a copy of the court order directing residential (physical) custody. A court order that simply states that the parties have “joint custody” is insufficient to determine eligibility for receiving BAH. If the court order states that the parties have joint custody, it must also state that the Soldier has residential (physical) custody for more than six consecutive months during the calendar year.
- Soldier signed a lease during a prior marriage and is now divorced, but remains legally obligated under the terms of the lease. The Soldier’s CoC must submit the Soldier’s orders assigning them to Fort Drum; a memorandum signed by the Commander or his/her authorized representative, which requests that the Soldier be released from UH and be authorized BAH; a copy of their divorce decree; and, a copy of their lease agreement.
- Soldier was promoted to SSG/E6 while residing in UH. The Soldier’s CoC must submit the Soldier's orders assigning them to Fort Drum; their promotion orders; and, their barracks clearing form. The documents shall be submitted to both the Housing Division and the Finance Office.
- For all other circumstances not covered above, the Garrison Commander is the approval authority. A Soldier desiring to depart UH and receive BAH must have their CoC submit their orders assigning them to Fort Drum; a memorandum from the Commander, endorsed by the chain of command up to the Brigade level (including the Command Sergeant Major), which requests that the Soldier be released from UH and be authorized BAH; and, any documentation to support and justify the “special circumstances” of the request. An ETP for special circumstances will only be granted when the Garrison Commander determines that it is in the best interests of both the Soldier and the Army.
- The Garrison Commander is the approval authority for all CNA requests. CAN may only be authorized when barracks space in the Soldier’s assigned unit or Brigade is not available and the overall installation barracks occupancy rate is 95 percent or greater. The Garrison Commander will not issue a CNA based on individual unit or Brigade occupancy rates.
- Soldiers entitled to BAH at the with dependent rate may not be assigned UH. The Garrison Commander may grant an ETP for housing geographic bachelors in UH. A Soldier requesting an ETP as a geographic bachelor must have their CoC submit their orders assigning them to Fort Drum; a memorandum from the Commander, endorsed by the chain of command up to the brigade level (including the Command Sergeant Major), which requests and justifies why the Soldier should be assigned UH; and, any documentation to support and justify the Soldier’s request.
- Soldiers must schedule clearing appointments through their Barracks’ Management Team.
- Soldiers must clear the Housing Division in Clark Hall prior to clearing the installation.