Housing info site debuts

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Housing info site debuts

by: Kim Suchek | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: August 15, 2012

Hello Military Community,

With the PCS (permanent change of station) season upon us, the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) announced the phased Navy-wide release of the Housing Early Application Tool, or HEAT, which started in May. This system was created as a web-based tool to assist sailors and their families in applying for housing online from any computer.

CNIC hopes HEAT makes the Navy house hunting process smoother and less stressful for our sailors and their families. By providing the early housing application online, sailors and their spouses can use HEAT to review housing and community information, and make an informed decision on a home before receiving their PCS orders.

HEAT uses authoritative systems to reduce the amount of personal information required and to streamline the online process. HEAT can be securely accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Service members or their spouses can use HEAT prior to receiving permanent change of station orders to request information about community housing or check eligibility for military privatized housing. Don’t be afraid to submit HEAT requests to multiple installations, if you are not sure where you may be stationed next.

With this being PCS season, the goal with HEAT is to reach out to sailors early in the PCS process to reduce stress and provide proactive support when moving from one duty station to another. With HEAT, sailors and their families are able to make contact with the Navy Housing Service Center and Privatization Partners to discuss their housing needs and learn about their housing options at any time.

HEAT will be deployed Navy-wide by Navy Region according to the following schedule: Naval District Washington, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Navy Region Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, Europe, Africa, Asia, Hawaii. Some are already up and running.

Navy Region Japan, Korea and Singapore Area were to begin June 8. Joint Region Marianas is scheduled for June 15.

The goal is to have it fully implemented Navy-wide by June 30, 2012. To access HEAT and for more information about when your base will have HEAT, visit CNIC online. For further resource to assist you and your families with PCS’ing, don’t forget to access my book on Page 211-217.

If you have already used this resource or you have a great community one that others should be aware of please write in and share with me and other military families.

Blessings from my family to yours.

Kim

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website for updated information and other Resources not listed in my book.

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