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Cherry Point housing opens doors to new types of residents

US Marine Corps News

By Lance Cpl. Amy A. Trail, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

In late December, Cherry Point’s Atlantic Marine Corps Communities opened the doors of base housing to geographical bachelors, reservists, Department of Defense employees and retirees.

“We have homes available that do not have an active duty waiting list,” said Dixie Lanier, world-wide AMCC strategic marketing manager at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “Thirty days after a notice of vacancy, if we don’t have an active duty family waiting, we can open the home up to other individuals.”

Neighborhood selection is based on rank and only available in neighborhoods where there are no military families waiting to move into a home. Residents under the home availability program will receive the same benefits as military families, including paid utilities, around the clock maintenance service, renter’s insurance and zero pet deposits.

The monthly rental rate for bachelors is based on their rank and the number of bachelors occupying a home.

The monthly rental rate for reservists, DOD employees and retirees is based upon the market rental rate for the home type.

“If one bachelor moves into a home, he will forfeit his basic allowance for housing,” said Lanier. “If two or more bachelors move into a home, they will both receive BAH and pay rent to AMCC based on the market rental rate for the home type.”

Lanier added, active duty military and reservists do not have to have a background check, credit check or deposit like DOD employees and retirees do. But all active duty members moving into an AMCC home must sign a lease.

AMCC offers two leases for different categories. For active duty and reservists the initial lease is six months.

However, the initial lease for DOD employees and retirees is a one-year lease. After the initial lease, it reverts to a month-to-month basis.

“People interested in leasing a home need to come into the military housing office,” said Lanier. “From there they can go tour the homes we have available and fill out the necessary paperwork.”

Those interested can go to the military housing office aboard the air station or call 910-376-9794 for more information.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Lanier. “It gives individuals a chance to save money and be close to all the amenities on the air station.”

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