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NEWS | June 27, 2012

New housing has arrived at JB Charleston

By Stephen Campbell 628th Civil Engineering Squadron Housing Management assistant

Forest City Military Communities hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 27 at Joint Base Charleston, signaling the beginning of JB Charleston - Air Base receiving the first of 335 new homes.

Forest City Military Communities expects construction on the remaining homes will be complete in late 2013. The local construction is part of a deal that will provide 987 new and renovated homes and transfer an additional usable 1,198 housing units at four bases; Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C., Arnold AFB, Tenn. and JB Charleston.

In 1996, Congress created the Military Housing Privatization Initiative as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The goal was to provide military members with quality homes faster than through military construction. The Air Force Housing Privatization effort has been successful at 43 installations and Charleston leadership is confident in its success here.

Here at JB Charleston, military members are excited about the new larger houses with two car garages and at least three bedrooms in every unit. Forest City will also provide all maintenance to the units including landscaping. Military members pay for the housing through their Basic Allowance for Housing that acts as the rent for each military member.
Military members are encouraged to visit the Forest City offices to explore the opportunities to live on JB Charleston - Air Base. Forest City Housing management can be contacted at (843) 552-0600. With sky high gas prices and commuting time going up, it could not be a better time for a military member to live on base.