A s 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.
Privatization of Military Housing
The military has 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 (RCI) 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, Actus Lend Lease and the Department of the Army created a Limited Liability Corporation called Fort Drum 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 day-to-day management of the property. In operation since 2005, Mountain Community Homes now handles housing services for all incoming Soldiers, excluding those who require barracks. Single Soldiers E-5 and below are provided barracks accommodations assigned through the Single Soldier Housing office.
Welcome Home Center
Upon in-processing, you will visit the Welcome Home Center, located on the 2nd floor of Clark Hall. This is your one-stop shop for all housing needs. Open Mon, Tues, Thurs. and Fri, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wed, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., the 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: The Welcome Home Center in Clark Hall
Mountain Community Homes consists of more than 3,400 homes in four premier residential communities located on Fort Drum for Soldiers of all ranks with dependents. Residents enjoy an exceptional quality of service provided by a
highly motivated and professional staff. In addition to the newly constructed and renovated homes, there are four 7,500-square-foot community centers at the heart of each pedestrian-friendly community, offering indoor playgrounds, pitch ‘n putt greens, splash parks, skate parks, a BMX track, state-of-the art fitness centers and on-site property management offices. Mountain Community Homes provides top-quality routine and emergency maintenance and award-winning programming for residents.
Each home is furnished with a refrigerator, range, garbage disposal, dishwasher and electric hook-ups for a washer and dryer. Every home
has a garage, attached or separate from the home, providing storage for a vehicle and other outdoor items. Additionally, all Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes are equipped with electric garage door openers and air conditioning units.
Residents are allowed a maximum of two domestic pets (i.e., dogs/cats). Aggressive breed dogs (e.g., Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, Neapolitian Mastiff, wolf and wolf hybrids) are not permitted. Exotic animals such as ferrets, snakes and tarantulas are not permitted at any time. Occupants are responsible for any damage their pets cause in or around their home.
Rent is equivalent to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Due to high demand, there may be a waiting list for Mountain Community Homes assignment. Visit the Welcome Home Center or website at fortdrummch.com for more information.
Leasing Office: Main St., Fort Drum
The Timbers is an exciting new option for single and unaccompanied Soldiers (E-6 and above). It offers residents the convenience of modern, hassle-free living, the camaraderie of living with other Soldiers who share similar interests and lifestyles all close by in an exclusive apartment community on post. The 192 suite-style, one- and two-bedroom community is market-rate, meaning rent is not equal to BAH. Call today for an appointment to view our model.
The Lodge, an exclusive community center for The Timbers’ residents, has several amenities such as a lounge with a fireplace, billards room, mini-theater with a large screen, high definition television that includes a sound system and video gaming, free WiFi, outdoor patio/pavilion with outdoor fireplace and nature trails.
There are several quaint towns and villages within easy commute of Fort Drum, which offer over 9,000 rental properties within a 20- mile drive from post. More than 1,000 of these units are newly built within the last 3 years. 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 property amenities and utility costs. Visit www.ahrn.com to see some rental options currently available.
Purchase a Home
In addition to renting, you may decide a home purchase best suits your needs. The Neighbors of Watertown, Inc. offers homebuyer education classes. To sign up for a class, call (315) 782-8497. The Welcome Home Center provides realtor, realtor information and market 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.
Government Leased Housing
There are a limited number of Army Leased Housing units located off-post. Three-hundred apartments in the LeRay Heights Complex just across from the Iraqi Freedom Gate are transitionong from government lease to market housing (private rental) when the government lease expires Sept. 30, 2010. Upon expiration of the government lease, Soldiers in this housing will again receive BAH, and must sign a private lease, pay a security deposit and start paying rent at market rates or move out to other market housing. There is not any other government housing option available.
There are a small number of individually leased homes the Army has leased short-term to accommodate financially challenged, lower-ranking Soldiers with larger Families through the Domestic Lease Program. Soldiers requesting these homes must be referred by their chain-of-command showing a fiancial hardship,. Accepting these homes, Soldiers will forfeit their BAH, which pays for rent and all utilities. The availability of these leased homes will end as more rentals are added to the market inventory in the next few years.
Residents are allowed a maximum of two domestic pets (i.e., dogs/cats). Aggressive breed dogs (e.g., Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, and wolf hybrids) are not permitted. Exotic animals such as ferrets, snakes and tarantulas are not permitted at any time. Occupants are responsible for any damage their pets cause in or around their home.
Special note: This housing area is under a 20-year lease with the government that expires Sept. 30, 2010. It is recommended that you fully understand the implications of accepting this housing and discuss this option with your housing representative so you are prepared to make the best decision about housing for you and your Family.
Visit the Welcome Home Center for more information.
Please plan to attend the Housing Brief held weekdays at 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Clark Hall, to learn more about your housing options.
Contact the Welcome Home Center today at (315) 955-6644 to make a private, one-on-one housing counseling session. Again, welcome to the North Country. In no time at all, you’ll be calling Fort Drum home!
Apply for Housing
In order to apply for Army Leased Housing or Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes, visit the Welcome Home Center to be placed on the waiting list and receive more information.
All incoming Families applying to live with Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes must apply within 30 days of signing into Fort Drum in order to receive an eligibility date based on your departure from the last duty station. After 30 days have elapsed, the eligibility date becomes the date of application.
Each Soldier must select an “area of preference” when applying for a home. This allows Soldiers to choose where they want to live. Soldiers may select or make changes concerning the area where they wish to live any time prior to an offer of a home. It is strongly recommended that newly arrived Soldiers and their Families get to know the areas surrounding Fort Drum off post as well as on-post housing and community sites. Each area has its own unique advantages, appeals and opportunities. Keep in mind that limiting the number of areas on your area of preference can significantly increase your housing wait time.
Please be prepared with the following documents:
Orders to Fort Drum and all amendments
Birth Certificates for Children
Special Power of Attorney
Leave and Earnings Statement (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. A sample copy can be obtained at http://www.fortdrummch.com/arriving_residents
Priority Placement Process:
Fort Drum has a tiered priority list for housing Soldiers and their Families, subject to availability.
Key & Essential
Personnel in command positions or other important positions of responsibility as determined by the Commanding General (for a list of positions that qualify, please visit the www.fortdrummch.com website or call the Welcome Home Center)
Soldiers assigned to the Warriors in Transition Unit (WTU) as wounded warriors.
Any new arrival to Fort Drum
Families already stationed at Fort Drum residing on the economy
Single, expectant mothers
Newly married Soldiers
Current residents who have three or more Family members sharing a bedroom, applying for a moveover
Current residents living in a non-renovated home, applying for a moveover
Current residents where two children must share a bedroom AND those children meet the following criteria:
same gender and one child turns
10 years old
opposite gender and one child turns
6 years old
Current residents who gain a Family member requiring an additional bedroom after a home is accepted. Proof of pregnancy, birth certificate, custody documentation or finalized adoption is required.
Army Community Housing Residents (801) or Army Domestic Lease Residents with no other qualifying event.
Current residents requesting a moveover who are promotable to the next rank category (excluding JENL to JNCO)
SNCO, CGO and FGO Families currently residing in Mountain Community Homes living in a redesignated neighborhood
All moves are at the Soldier/Families’ expense, except:
Newly assigned Soldiers to Fort Drum
Families already stationed at Fort Drum residing on the economy
Key and Essential leader moves
Moves occurring while a Soldier is deployed
Permissive TDY /PTDY
To use permissive temporary duty for house-hunting at Fort Drum, you must have your DA Form 31 validated at the Welcome Home Center on your arrival date, prior to departing on PTDY. If you arrive after duty hours you must immediately have your DA Form 31 validated at The Fort Drum Inn.
Even with validation from the Fort Drum Inn, you must report to the Welcome Home center at Clark Hall the next business day. If you fail to do this, you will be charged leave for the entire period. DA Form 1747 (Status of Housing Availability) is no longer required for Soldiers departing CONUS, Alaska, and Hawaii.
While on Permissive TDY you may apply for housing and be placed on administrative hold. Your hold status may be lifted once you have signed into the installation in order to be eligible to be offered a home.
Management and Maintenance of
Mountain Community Homes
Each community has a designated Community Manager, Assistant Community Manager and Resident Services Coordinators (RSCs). 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.
Mountain Community Homes features property maintenance with 24-hour emergency service available. The centrally managed maintenance department streamlines repair services provided and reduces resident wait times.
Our convenient website at www.FortDrum MCH.com allows current residents to submit routine requests for service online, provide feedback, view current events, download necessary forms and learn about happenings and important information in their community.
Single Soldier Housing (SSH) Branch
Fax (315) 772-6383
Clark Hall – Room A2-54
SSH provides barracks briefings at 1:30 p.m. weekdays. If there are further questions, call SSH at (315) 955-6644.
The SSH (Single Soldier Housing) Branch operates under the First Sergeant’s Barracks Program (FSBP) . Our staff is committed to providing well maintained, safe, and clean, housing for our single Soldiers living on Fort Drum. for more information, call (315) 772-6380.
What is FSBP?
FSBP transfers the administrative responsibility of the day-to-day operations of the barracks from the assigned units to the Garrison staff.
It removed duties from units that distracted from their combat mission.
FSBP operation is similar to property management/apartment management. Typical tasks include:
Assignments/terminations of rooms
Access to rooms for maintenance
Perform “vacant quarters maintenance”
What FSBP does
On-site management staff during the duty day
On-call staff for 24/7 operation
Access to rooms (SSH maintaining key management responsibilities)
Health and welfare inspections
Provide leaders keys to a few transient rooms for their use for unforeseen circumstances and inbound/outbound Soldiers
Coordinate and track maintenance requests
Assignment/termination of rooms
Mountain Community Homes Community Centers
Adirondack Creek 9797 Constitution Ave 955-6640
Crescent Woods 11799 Harvest Blvd 955-6641
Monument Ridge 10897 Salerno Road 955-6642
Rhicard Hills 8499 Lewis Ave 955-6643
New Soldiers report to the Housing Division (Clark Hall) with unit sponsor (must be an E-5 or above)
Inform SSH staff of assigned unit
Complete in-processing packet
Receive short briefing, copy of cleaning standards, key to room, and sign hand receipt
Inspect room, return completed acceptance inspection sheet within five business days
(E-6s (SSG) and above will live on the economy in market housing
Geographic Bachelors wil live on the economy in market housing
In-processing briefs are held daily at 8:00 a.m. (Clark Hall) – Room C2-23.
Qualifying Soldiers must meet the following criteria:
Soldier must be single and not collecting BAH for any dependent
Dual Military – a copy of the Soldier’s Enlisted Record Brief (ERB) is required to prove that the spouse is not stationed at Fort Drum
If a Soldier is recently divorced – a copy of the final divorce decree and a completed DD Form 5960 is required to show that the BAH entitlement has been stopped.
Soldier must be SGT or below
Soldiers must schedule clearing appointments 48 hours in advance.
Soldiers must clear the Housing Division in Clark Hall prior to clearing the installation.
Certificates of Non-Availability:
CNAs are issued by Public Works, Housing Division once approved by the Public Works Director
The approval to receive BAH is based upon 95 percent use rate of the entire installation footprint, not the Soldier’s specific Company or Brigade.
Visit our website at www.drum.army.mil and click on Single Soldier Housing Branch to view what our 1 1 and 2 2 rooms look like. Furnishings include, but are not limited to, loft beds, mattress, five-drawer chest, desk with hutch and light, desk chair, refrigerator, and microwave. Dayrooms in each building include a flat screen television, chairs, love seat, couches, card tables, pool tables and foosball tables.