Updated On: 11/9/2012 10:49:48 AM
As 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. Keep in mind that since the majority of Families are expected, by Army policy, to reside off post in market housing, there’s only enough on-post housing to accommodate about one third of the Families assigned to Fort Drum.
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, 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, Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes tends to daily management of the property. In operation since 2005, Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes now handles housing services for all incoming Soldiers, excluding those who require barracks. Single Soldiers, SGT (E-5) and below, are provided barracks accommodations through the First Sergeant’s Barracks Program.
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. to 5 p.m. and Wed, 8 a.m. to 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: Welcome Home Center, Clark Hall
Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes consists of more than 3,600 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, bark parks, splash parks, skate parks, a BMX track, state-of-the- art fitness centers and on-site property management offices. Fort Drum 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 Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes assignment. Visit the Welcome Home Center or website at wwwfortdrummch.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.
The Lodge, an exclusive community center for The Timbers’ residents, has several amenities such as a lounge with a fireplace, billiards room, theater room, high definition television that includes a sound system and video gaming, free WiFi, outdoor patio/pavilion with outdoor fireplace and nature trails. Call today or visit, www.fortdrumtimbers.com , for more information.
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. Army Community Services and Neighbors of Watertown offer homebuying education classes.
Contact the Army Community Housing office at the Welcome Home Center for more information and questions regarding homebuying at (315) 772-6883. The Northern New York Multiple Listing Service offers a comprehensive website at www.nnymls.com , to search for and view homes and properties for sale. To sign up for a class, call (315) 782-8497. The Welcome Home Center provides realtor and housing marketing 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.
Apply for Housing
In order to apply for 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 60 days of signing out of their last duty station in order to receive the best eligibility date and priority 2 status. After 60 days have elapsed, the eligibility date becomes the date of application and a lower priority is assigned.
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
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 www.fortdrummch.com/Become-a-Resident/Experience-MCH/Leasing-Information.
Priority Placement Process
Fort Drum has a tiered priority list for housing Soldiers and their Families, subject to availability.
Key and Essential
Personnel as determined by the Commanding General.
Soldiers not currently living with Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes assigned to the Warriors In Transition Unit (WTU) as a “direct result of armed combat” or those who have a “serious physical disability” as determined by WTU command.
Any Soldier newly assigned to Fort Drum within first 60 days of their eligibility date
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 2 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 120 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 wait list
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 qualifying event (gain in family member or promotion to a higher rank structure)
Previous residents who moved out due to any reason other than PCS and ETS
Current residents of Army Community Housing Domestic Lease requesting to move on post with no other qualifying event
To use permissive temporary duty for house hunting at Fort Drum, you must have your DA Form 31 or DA Form 1747 validated at the Army Community Housing office at 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. We do encourage incoming Families 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 (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.
Fort Drum 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.fortdrummch.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) 772-4856
Clark Hall - Room A2-54
If there are further questions, call SSH at
The SSH Branch operates under the First Sergeant’s Barracks Program (FSBP) 2020. Our staff, working in concert with mission units, is committed to providing well maintained, safe and clean housing for our single Soldiers living on Fort Drum. FSBP 2020 reinforces the partnership between mission units and the garrison staff as it relates to providing quality unaccompanied housing facilities and services.
New Soldiers report to the Single Soldier Housing Branch (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-6 (SSG) and above will live on the economy in market housing or the Timbers
Geographic bachelors will live on the economy in market housing
Please contact the SSH Office for Eligibility details.
Soldiers must schedule clearing appointments 48-72 hours in advance.
Soldiers must clear the Housing Division in Clark Hall prior to clearing the installation.
ETP’s - Exceptions to Policy for BAH
ETP’s are issued by Public Works, Housing Division once approved by the Garrison Commander. CNA 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 and Type A (private room/private bath) 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. Day rooms in each building include a flat screen television, chairs, love seat, couches, card tables, pool tables and foosball tables.