What is the occupancy rate of the family Public-Private Venture housing units?
Historically, the occupancy rate has been approximately 80 percent.
Where are these units located, on-base or off-base?
All 89 Public-Private Venture (PPV) housing units are located on-base behind the perimeter fence. They include Green Acres, Green Drive and Stark Road housing.
If a housing unit is located behind a base's fence line, how does an unaffiliated civilian get onto the base?
The civilian(s) will be issued an installation photo identification (ID) card which will authorize access only to the installation where they have leased PPV housing. They would be subject to the same rules and regulations as any or all personnel residing on-base (such as obeying posted speed limits; seatbelt laws; no weapons permitted on the base; restriction from posted areas, etc.).
What authorizes the PPV partner to lease vacant homes to unaffiliated civilians?
In 1996, the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, 10 U.S.C. § 2871-2884 was enacted to provide suitable housing for Service Members. The ASN (I&E) memo of January 12, 1998 authorizes the Department of the Navy PPV partners to lease to unaffiliated civilians once the preferred referral list has been exhausted. Allowing unaffiliated civilians occupancy is a Department of Defense (DoD)-wide practice.
How does an unaffiliated civilian get approved for a vacant PPV housing unit?
The civilian would apply to the PPV partner. The PPV partner would then conduct a credit check and thorough criminal history check on all unaffiliated civilians. If approved, the Navy would conduct additional criminal background checks. If the unaffiliated civilian passes these, Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) would then make a final determination to approve a lease. This is the same security screening that many civilian employees of the base receive as well.
Who are the preferred referrals?
PPV preferred referrals are in order of priority: active duty families, unaccompanied Service Members; active duty guard and reserve; civil service employees; military retirees; civil service retirees.
What is the rent?
The rent charged to a military family is based on a market rate analysis by Balfour Beatty Northeast Housing, LLC. Currently, the average marketed rate for an unaffiliated civilian is approximately equivalent to an E5's basic allowance for housing (BAH). The average E5 is $2,361 with dependents.
How does the Navy plan to secure Naval Weapons Station Earle now that anyone can live on-base?
The base is always secured. If civilians are residing on the installation, they are subject to the same rules and regulations as any and all personnel on the installation. Additionally, before an individual or family is submitted to the Navy for base access and security screening, Balfour Beatty Northeast Housing, LLC, conducts their own criminal history background check on unaffiliated civilians, as well as a financial or credit check.
Why is there such a high vacancy rate?
There are several factors that lead to higher vacancy rates. First of all, military families have the freedom to choose to live on-base or not. Factors that may influence their decision include affordable newer construction in the community; lack of conveniences on the base, such as a commissary, galley and other services; and, no cost of living allowance for Navy personnel serving aboard Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle.
How would an unaffiliated civilian have guests on-base?
An unaffiliated civilian is authorized to sponsor guests on the installation, even in their personal vehicle. However, every guest would need to be vetted well in advance, which includes a criminal background check. The Navy vetting process would deny access to anyone with felony convictions within the past 10 years and misdemeanors within the past 5 years. This includes convictions for fraud; ID theft; assault; drugs; theft of any level; concealed weapon without a license; prostitution; arson; and tenant eviction records.
How is this action different from what the Navy tried to do with Laurelwood housing in 2010?
The decision to allow unaffiliated civilians permission to lease housing aboard the installation is quite different.
First and foremost, there is a difference in magnitude. Laurelwood involved civilian occupancy of 300 units, whereas this action involves potential civilian occupancy of homes that cannot be otherwise occupied by military families or prospective occupants who have a higher priority preference.
Given its size and the nature of the housing, the Navy was proposing to allow Laurelwood to be separated from the installation with direct access from the community. With the current action, prospective unaffiliated civilian tenants would be interspersed with other tenants.
With the present case, the Navy controls all access to the base. The civilian(s) will be issued an installation photo ID card which will authorize access only to the installation where they have leased PPV housing. They would be subject to the same rules and regulations as any and all personnel residing on base (such as obeying posted speed limits, seatbelt laws, no weapons permitted on the base, restriction from posted areas, etc.).