Accompanied and unaccompanied members must check in with the local housing officer no later than the next business day after arrival on island. Upon check-in at the housing office, you will be provided your housing in-brief and counseled on available housing options.
Unaccompanied Members to Oahu
See the Base Relocation Handbook for information on Unaccompanied Personnel Housing online at www.uscg.mil/basehonolulu/relohb.pdf.
All Other Members
Kia'i Kai Hale Red Hill Housing, on Oahu, is privatized. Island Palm Communities maintains and operates this housing site. Call IPC at 808-275-3800. Senior officer Coast Guard-owned housing is available at Wailupe on Oahu.
Contact the Base Honolulu Housing office at 808-842-2073. It is strongly recommended you make reservations at a TLA-qualified hotel if you are interested in renting within the local community or are applying for privatized housing.
Newly Assigned Personnel to Hawaii
Complete the CG-5267 Application for Assignment to Military Housing and MLCPHSG 003 Request for Housing Assignment Determination on the Coast Guard website. Fax these forms along with a copy of your orders to 808-842-2074.
Area Housing Authority
The AHA is responsible for the overall Coast Guard housing program throughout the 14th District area of responsibility. Commanding Officer, Base Honolulu is the designated AHA for all Coast Guard housing, owned and leased.
The area housing officer is responsible to the AHA for administration of the Coast Guard’s Housing Program throughout the 14th District area of responsibility. The Oahu local housing officer is responsible to the AHO for the execution of guidelines and policies governing housing on Oahu, where the majority of Coast Guard personnel assigned to the state of Hawaii reside. The LHO is the primary point of contact for assignments, complaints, suggestions, information and other housing matters.
Each unit has a designated, collateral-duty local housing representative who can assist unit members in dealing with housing issues. Ask your sponsor for the name of your LHR.
Housing Assignment Policy
PSC-PSD-fs (Housing West) has established that government housing is mandatory. Therefore, assignment to government-owned housing is not voluntary. The government housing goal is to attain housing at the 98 percent occupancy rate per the Coast Guard housing manual. The Base Honolulu commanding officer, by general policy, makes housing assignments for senior officers being considered for assignment to Wailupe Quarters. Accompanied officers and enlisted personnel and their dependents must seek a release from assignment to government-owned housing prior to receiving their BAH entitlement and residing on the economy. Members assigned to Oahu commands will by general policy be favorably considered for release due to the privatization of Red Hill KKH housing and the nonavailability of government-owned housing. All accompanied and unaccompanied personnel will visit the Base Honolulu Housing Branch by the next business day after arriving on island to receive a thorough housing brief. The housing office is in the Pass & ID/Admin building on Sand Island. Call 808-842-2073 for assistance.
Island Palm Communities is the Coast Guard’s partner for its 318 quarters at KKH in the Red Hill area of Oahu. You will usually hear this housing site referred to as either “KKH,” “AMR” or “Red Hill.” This housing area is situated 6 miles from downtown Honolulu and 3 miles from Pearl Ridge Shopping Center and is divided by Moanalua Freeway (Highway 78) into Phase I and Phase II. Officer housing within Aliamanu Military Reservation Rim community consists of three- and four-bedroom, single-family units and duplexes and two-bedroom townhouse units. Enlisted personnel housing encompasses two-, three- and four-bedroom, multifamily town house units. IPC will offer housing within close proximity of the member’s assigned commands. Members who are stationed on Oahu at Coast Guard Base Honolulu will be considered part of the south division area and may be offered quarters at AMR, Fort Shafter or Tripler Army Medical Center.
Anyone accepting quarters will be required to sign a lease. Additionally, they will need to pay the cost of their first month’s rent by money order or cashier’s check at the time of their housing assignment until their BAH allotment commences. It is recommended that the members bring with them at least the amount equivalent to one month’s Hawaii BAH rate. For more information, go to www.islandpalmcommunities.com, or call 808-275-3800. Residents who accept and reside in this privatized housing will be required to sign a lease and start an allotment equal to the amount of their BAH to IPC to serve as their rental payment.
Members who accept privatized housing from IPC are eligible for loaner furniture from Army Hawaii Family Housing. Additionally, IPC residents who PCS in or out may seek Basic Hospitality Kits from the Hickam Loan Closet at 808-449-0301.
Typical features of KKH/AMR Rim Community housing include:
- Tile or linoleum flooring.
- Dishwasher in kitchen.
- Ceiling fans in most rooms.
- Refrigerator and stove.
- Screened porch (lanai).
- Washer and dryer (based upon rank; contact IPC for additional information).
- Garbage cans.
- Air conditioners. (Note: A/C can be purchased and installed by any member if desired. Contact the IPC for more information.)
Housing in other IPC communities has different amenities or may lack some included with KKH/AMR Rim Community housing. Most yard maintenance tools (mowers, weed whackers, etc.) can be borrowed from the IPC housing office.
IPC strictly forbids pit bulls or any pit bull mixed-breed dogs from residing within privatized housing.
Other privatized housing options include Ohana Military Communities Hawaii (Navy). Only selected areas are available for Coast Guard members; call 808-474-1820 for availability and requirements. Call Hickam Communities housing at 808-423-2300.
Applying for IPC Housing
The IPC application process starts when you sign in to your permanent duty station and report to the south division office to apply for housing. Advance applications will be accepted as a planning tool. Keep in mind that the date you leave your last duty station is the date used for the start of your waitlist date and time to compete with others. Contact Base Honolulu Housing for information regarding IPC housing at 808-842-2073.
The AHA manages very few government-leased quarters throughout the AOR. This is because BAH or existing government-owned housing provides most members and families with adequate quarters. When a member is eligible for government-leased quarters, the Coast Guard pays for all lease costs including basic utilities (electricity, gas and water). Most Coast Guard-leased housing units are three-bedroom apartments or town houses in the civilian community within an hour commute of your duty station. Each Coast Guard-leased housing unit has been inspected by the Coast Guard for adequate size, facilities, safety and surrounding community.
Leases can be obtained for members and their family only when no government-owned or IPC privatized housing is available and they meet all the eligibility criteria. Criteria for assignment eligibility to Coast Guard leased quarters are based on: pay grade, bedroom entitlement, local BAH rate and local market rental rates.
Headquarters/Base Honolulu’s leased policy is subject to annual change. Call the Housing Office at 808-842-2073 to check eligibility and availability.
All active-duty personnel are required to check into the Base Honolulu Housing Office by the next business day upon signing into the gaining command. Contact the Housing Office for assistance at 808-842-2073.
Coast Guard-owned Housing
The Coast Guard owns seven housing units in two areas of Wailupe and Diamond Head on the island of Oahu.
The local housing officer makes assignments to Coast Guard-leased and -owned housing when available. The Housing Office cannot predict housing availability or guarantee assignment. Members should also be aware that pets are not allowed in Coast Guard-leased housing.
Wailupe Quarters: Six houses are in the Aina Haina section on the Wailupe Peninsula, between Diamond Head crater and Koko Head crater. These housing units are designated only for Coast Guard captain (O-6) assignments. They are all duplexes with the exception of Quarters A and Quarters D/E, which are single-family units.
Diamond Head Quarters: One of Hawaii’s oldest landmarks is at the base of Diamond Head crater and serves as the residence of the 14th Coast Guard District commander, as a representational facility.
Leased housing may also be available as unaccompanied and family housing to qualified members when no government-owned quarters are available.
Assignment to Government Quarters
Government quarters are defined as owned or leased. Separate waiting lists shall be maintained and administered as prescribed in accordance with the Coast Guard housing manual. Assignment priority is based on the control date and bedroom entitlement. The control date is defined as the actual reporting date or the date of the housing application, whichever is later. The bedroom entitlement is defined as the number of bedrooms you are eligible for, which depends on the age and gender of your dependent children.
The waiting lists for Coast Guard-owned housing are maintained at the Housing Office. Housing assignment information cannot be provided until the actual housing assignment is made. Privatized housing applicants are placed on the waiting list once signed into the gaining command with an eligibility date based upon the date signed out of their losing command. Placement on appropriate housing waitlists will be based upon applicant’s rank and number of command-sponsored dependents (one bedroom per child).
Civilian Housing in the Community
If you have been advised by the local housing officer that government quarters will not be available within 30 days of your arrival on island and have received a release from mandatory assignment to government-owned housing, you will need to initiate a search for on-the-economy permanent accommodations. Contact the Base Honolulu Housing Branch at 808-842-2073 to receive counseling before searching for civilian housing.
Search for civilian rental listings at www.hicentral.com. In addition to the classified ads in newspapers and websites, members searching for rentals on the economy may also use the Housing Service Office. It is provided by the Army and offers access to a large database of rental listings. It will help you obtain a satisfactory rental with the right contract terms. Call the HSO at 808-438-0149/6198/3820.
All members are strongly encouraged to use the services of the Base Honolulu Housing Branch and HSO to find civilian housing. These offices will advise you of the overall rental situation on the island as well as review the rental lease with you to make sure it contains the necessary clauses for your protection.
Before using the HSO’s services, members must check in to the gaining command and complete their housing brief with Base Honolulu Housing, to include TLA entitlement counseling from the Transportation Office. The Base Honolulu Transportation Office will provide the proper TLA package in which you will record the rental units you viewed.
Rental Housing and Real Estate Costs
Honolulu-area rental costs are well above the national average. Most one-bedroom units are in low- or high-rise apartments, but a few town houses are available. Two- and three-bedroom units are found in high-rise apartments or town houses. Three-bedroom units are mostly single-family houses. Most four- and five-bedroom units are single family homes and may be difficult to locate.
Because nearly all rentals require first month’s rent plus a security deposit (equal to one month’s rent), expenditures could total $2,000 to $3,500. Members can request advance BAH to help pay for these upfront costs. A request to your unit Servicing Personnel Office for an advance payment of up to three months of BAH is available. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance loans are also granted (for security deposits only). Contact Base Honolulu at 808-842-2025 for assistance.
A small percentage of active-duty Coast Guard members purchase their own home on Oahu. Prices for three-bedroom, detached houses may exceed $600,000. Two- and three-bedroom town houses and condos can be found in the $300,000 range.
Your Housing Search
An adequate search for housing consists of the following:
- During the first 10-day TLA period, at least five units must be looked at. Each housing unit must be available for rental.
- In each successive 10-day period, the member or family must view at least 10 suitable and available housing units.
- Each of the units is within the limits of the member’s BAH.
- Each unit meets the member’s minimum bedroom requirements.
- Each unit meets the member’s or family’s unique requirements. For example, units that allow pets if the family has a pet; appropriate facility outfitting if a family member is disabled and a member of the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program.
- Each unit is within reasonable commuting time.
Lack of personal POV and nonarrival of HHG are not valid reasons for failure to look for suitable housing or for signing a lease.
- The Coast Guard definition of an adequate rental unit is:
- A complete dwelling unit with private entrance, bath and kitchen for the sole use of the occupants and so arranged that both kitchen and bedrooms can be entered without passing through bedrooms.
- Unit must be well-constructed and in a good state of repair with kitchen equipment provided or available on a rental basis.
- Unit must be in a residential area that meets acceptable standards for health sanitation and which is not subject to offensive fumes, industrial noises and other environmental factors hazardous to the health of the occupants.
- Within a one-hour commute of work.
A member may choose to rent a unit that does not conform to the aforementioned definition.
Because HSO lists only housing units that meet the adequacy criteria and whose landlords have signed a statement of nondiscrimination, it benefits you to look at units listed on the HSO’s referral website.
If you are in a TLA status and are searching for an on-the-economy rental, you must be careful what reasons you provide for not accepting a rental on the Record of Housing Search. You can be denied TLA payment if you refuse rentals for invalid reasons. Call the Base Honolulu Transportation Office at 808-842-2024/2020 if you have questions.
Renter’s Military Clause
A member should not enter into a lease unless the landlord has included a military clause that releases the member from the lease in event of PCS orders. In Hawaii, 28 days’ written notice must be provided to the landlord. All landlords listed with HSO include the primary military clause in the lease. This clause requires the landlord to release the member from the lease when the member has been issued PCS orders to another geographic location.
Many landlords will incorporate a second military clause in a lease. This additional clause releases the member from the lease if the member is subsequently assigned to government-owned housing. Signing this clause is voluntary on the part of the landlord. Even so, 28 days’ notice must still be provided to the landlord. Rental unit listings provided by the HSO indicate which landlords offer the second military clause (all HSO listings have the first military clause). The majority of landlords offer the second military clause, but even those who do not may be willing to negotiate inclusion of the second military clause. It is strongly recommended that you consult with the Base Honolulu Housing Office prior to signing any lease with a landlord. Such consultation will ensure you fully understand your obligations under the lease terms and conditions. Also, housing referral specialists are able to assist you in negotiating with the landlord.
Purchase of a Home
A member who is purchasing a home should seek a release from mandatory assignment to government-owned housing. Contact Base Honolulu Housing at 808-842-2022/2073 for assistance.
Once a member is released from mandatory assignment to Coast Guard-owned housing from the AHO, the member is not required to look at a minimum number of homes for sale in any 10-day period. Delay in completing the purchase of a home is not sufficient reason to justify an extension of arrival TLA, however. Call the Base Honolulu Transportation Office for clarification at 808-842-2024/2020.
Household Hospitality Kits
The Navy Fleet and Family Service provides Basic Kit items like kitchenware, microwaves, etc., for loan at no charge. For more information, call 808-471-8685.
The Armed Services YMCA also has hospitality kits including linens, towels, dishes, etc., for loan at a nominal fee. For more information, call 808-473-3398.