It is PCS time again.
As we all know PCS moves can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming.
To help alleviate some of the stress associated with PCS moves, you can turn to the Housing Services Office. The HSO staff will be happy to assist you in gathering information about your new duty station regarding schools, on/off post housing, BAH rates as well as other important information.
HSO is your direct link to your new duty station. For those that prefer automation, four “Touch Screen” kiosks are available for customer use and are located within the HSO, these can be used to gather a world of information about your new duty station with ease; printer support is also available so you won’t need to memorize everything. A kiosk is also located and available for use in the ACS building at 1231 Mahone Ave. Your HSO is located at 1510 Sisisky Blvd., in the East Community Center.
For those that like to do their own research from home there are some very informative and helpful Web sites to help with your PCS.
The first is the DoD-sponsored Automated Housing Referral Network (www.AHRN.com). For those that have used this site previously, you will notice major changes as new installations and new features have been added. It has expanded to include more than 100 CONUS installations with more being added each month until all CONUS installations are supported.
Also added are Temporary Housing, Military For Sale by Owner, and Military Shared rental listings to the database.
There are currently more than 16,000 available listings in www.AHRN.com for you to search from in the following categories.
• Off-base rentals
• On-base/military housing
• Temporary housing
• Military for sale by owner
• Military shared rentals
You may also post your own listing to rent, sell or share your home with another military member.
Through www.AHRN.com, you can search for available housing at your next U.S. duty station, browse through photos, detailed descriptions, maps, review local school information, sort through housing office inspected properties and connect with landlords who want to rent their units to service members and their families.
Looking to buy or sell a home?
Take advantage of a free nationwide service through Moving Station, a partner to AHRN.com.
Moving Station offers a personal advisor to help you coordinate the home buying and selling process, serving as an unbiased resource to help you buy and sell smart. The site is: www.ahrn.movingstation.com.
Another great Web site is Army Housing One Stop at https://onestop.army.mil, a “One Stop” source for Army housing information – worldwide.
The sites discussed in this article along with your HSO are designed to remove much of the stress associated with a PCS and make it an enjoyable and memorable event. Happy PCSing!