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A soldier brandishes a “We are moving!” sign in anticipation of a permanent change of station move. Military families move to new duty stations every few years, with the late spring and summer months being the peak season for PCS.
(Photo Credit: Brandy Cruz, Fort Hood Public Affairs)

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FORT HOOD, TX- When the military chooses a soldier’s next military adventure, one of the first things families consider is where they will live.

There are many things to consider, such as affordability, neighborhoods, crime, and even local schools. While weighing these considerations, it can come down to what is most important for your specific needs.

Schools

“The first thing parents think about is what school they want their student to go to,” said Liz Davenport, Fort Hood Child and Youth Services Liaison. “Parents want to know about school climates, grades and programs their students might be eligible for once they arrive.”

She said the school liaison office would be a great starting point for parents of school-aged children. Located on the first floor of the Shoemaker Center, Bldg. 36000, the office offers resources and videos explaining education in Texas, as well as welcome videos from the various school districts.

Although the Liaison Office does not recommend specific schools, Davenport said the videos help parents and students find out what types of programs are available on different campuses.

She said they can also visit the Texas Education Agency website at https://tea.texas.gov for more specific district and school information.

Lodging

When Soldiers are underway at the Fort Hood Housing Services office, located at the Copeland Center, Bldg. 18010, room B209, they may have all the information they need to make an informed decision, or may need help deciding on the best option for their family.

Mark Hjuler, head of housing services, said the housing services office can provide off-post housing advice and guidance assistance. They can also help coordinate with licensed property specialists, apartment managers and landlords to inspect the accommodation to ensure it is adequate.

The housing office can also provide a list of real estate agents enrolled in the Rental Partnership Program, a program provided by the Fort Hood Housing Services office that can help save soldiers with personal expenses, such as savings on security deposits, as well as application, credit check, pet and/or any other administrative fees.

Fort Hood currently has 5,913 homes in 12 villages. Families can visit https://home.army.mil/hood/index.php/units-tenants/Garrison-1/DPW/HSO for housing information, as well as to receive a housing welcome pack .


To move out



Staff Sgt. John Wisdom, 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, 116th MI Brigade, carries a box to his new home at Liberty Village in Fort Hood, Texas. the
The Wisdom family made a partial personal move while making their permanent change of station at Fort Hood.
(Photo credit: photo courtesy of Nicole Wisdom)

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Liberty Village

Jimmy Carter, project manager at Universal Services Fort Hood Inc., said Liberty Village offers two-bedroom, one-bathroom single-family homes that are ideal for young couples without children or 1-2 children.

The neighborhood, located off Clear Creek Road across from Central Texas College – Killeen, features 300 homes, a wading pool, playground, sandpit and two parks, as well as security lights and security cameras. security. All homes include newly installed Reme Halo air purification systems. Homes will soon receive new roofs and energy-efficient double-glazed windows.

Some of the activities offered by the accommodation are Easter egg hunts; a back-to-school party, where students received a backpack full of school supplies; Halloween costume contest with children receiving prizes; Thanksgiving baskets offered, residents receiving a full Thanksgiving dinner, including the skillet to cook the turkey; and a Christmas decoration contest, among others.

“They can apply online before they even get here,” Carter explained. “If you go to our website (http://www.fthood-libertyvillage.com) there’s a link that says ‘apply here’. We get a lot (applications) like that.

Families can also visit Liberty Village in person to complete an application. The office is located at the intersection of Clear Creek Road and Washington Street. Carter said Liberty Village was not strict about needing court orders during the application process, although a copy of court orders, a marriage license and a statement of leave and income are required before applying. ‘move in.

When leaving Fort Hood, Liberty Village requires 30 days notice to vacate the house. Carter said it was up to the tenant whether he wanted to hire the approved cleaning person or clean the house himself.

“If they use our housekeeper, we don’t charge them a penny,” he said. “Just show us you paid for it.”

Once the house is empty, an inspection is carried out to make repairs, such as loose tiles, paint, etc. Carter said he has a six-page inspection sheet, which is comparable to the inspection sheet used by the Department of Public Works for their own inspection.

“They love being off the job and in a single family home,” Carter said of the Liberty Village main draw. “We also don’t require money up front and don’t require a pet deposit.”

Family housing in Fort Hood

Fort Hood Family Housing, a military housing community privatized by Lendlease, manages the bulk of the facility’s housing, with 5,613 homes ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms.

“We encourage service members and PCSing families in Fort Hood to visit our website, https://www.forthoodfh.com, to explore housing options and what all Fort Hood Family Housing has to offer” , said Chris Albus, project director of FHFH. “In addition, incoming military members and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to join the waitlist.”

FHFH is investing $420 billion in its Fort Hood homes, as well as demolishing and building new homes.

The community development program includes renovating more than 1,300 homes, replacing roofs in eight communities, exterior painting in four neighborhoods, repaving some roads and installing accessible ramps, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Among its 11 villages, FHFH has several playgrounds, water parks, basketball courts, cycling and walking paths, and a swimming pool, among others. The FHFH offers a variety of activities throughout the year, including drive-in events and giveaways.

Albus explained that after the initial inquiry, a rental agent will contact the family to get as much information as possible, so residents can be matched with a home that will meet their specific needs. He said that after a house is identified, the future resident will receive a seven-year work order history on the house. On move-in day, members ranked E-1 through E-5 will be accompanied by a Community Life Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), who will assist the family during their transition.

When PCSing from Fort Hood, FHFH requires 30 days written notice to vacate the house, but residents are encouraged to let them know as soon as they receive their PCS orders.

“Once a resident has completed their final move-out inspection and PCS, we have a thorough occupancy change maintenance process to ensure the home is ready for the next family to move in,” Albus explained.

The detailed inspection includes repairs, painting, carpet cleaning and more. Once completed, the house is then inspected by DPW before it can be rented out to a new family.

“Finally, we always hate to see our residents leave because they really are part of the Fort Hood Family Housing family when they live with us,” Albus said, “but if they are PCSing in another Lendlease community, we encourage them to take advantage of our $250 loyalty coupon found here (https://winnmilitary.entrata.com/media_library/12710/61d5c4f0ed462383.pdf).

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