Fort Drum Community
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.