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Beginning in 2014, senior leaders across the island became concerned about the condition of Military Family Housing on Okinawa. For years leading up to this date, a reduced amount of investment had been made in Military Family Housing on Okinawa pending the move of major military units from Okinawa to Guam. When the moves did not occur as scheduled, a reinvestment program was needed. This reinvestment is called the “Okinawa Housing Revitalization Program.” It is a 7 year; $500M program which is added to previous investments of near $200M in 2014 – 2016. The entire program from 2014 – 2024 will revitalize over 5,000 units and costs approx. $710M.
During the revitalization program, family housing will reach a low availability of about 5,000 units from 2017 until 2019 at which time a significant number of homes are returned to the inventory. By 2024, the island will have 6,928 units in very good condition. The program focuses on major efforts such as replacement of water, sewer, and power systems, upgrade of fire suppression systems, installation of in-home HVAC units and hot water heaters, and some cosmetic updating of kitchens and bathrooms. Efforts are different in each neighborhood and are based upon the specific needs of individual areas.
It is possible that families assigned to Military Family Housing will need to relocate due to construction efforts. Every effort is made to give families a year notice before reaching the “must move” date. Neighborhoods within one year of construction efforts will see few new personnel assigned to those areas. If you are in a neighborhood that will see construction within a year, you will be notified. Impacted personnel are invited to informational relocation briefings and service assistance is provided when a move is required.
Once you know your arrival date on island, it is advisable for you or your Sponsor to schedule your initial housing brief ahead of time. If you are already on island, it is suggested that you report to the DOD Family Housing Office located on Kadena Air Base within two to three days of arrival to Okinawa. To schedule an appointment, you may contact HMO at DSN 634-0582, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or report to the housing office (bldg. 217). Business hours are as follows: 0800 -1530 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 0800 – 1200 hours on Wednesdays. Please provide a copy of your orders, any amendments, Dependent Area Clearance (Marine Corps), Dependent Entry Approval (Navy), and any useful documents such as promotion/pregnancy verification, remote orders, etc.
You and your family will attend an orientation housing briefing that provide information regarding on base housing. At this briefing, you will be advised the current availability of on-post housing in your grade (rank) and entitlement (bedrooms). If no homes are available on-post, you are then cleared to pursue off-post housing.
In agreement with the Government of Japan and United States Forces Japan, there are to be a maximum of 6,928 military family housing units on Okinawa. The average population of accompanied Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen hovers around 8,500. This means that approximately 25% of all families stationed on Okinawa will live in the local community. This percentage is currently at 33% due to ongoing family housing construction which has reduced the number of available homes on-post to around 5,000.
Department of Defense Military Family Housing also provides furniture and appliances to military families. Persons living in Military Family Housing (on-post) on full JTR (Joint Travel Regulation), will receive access to loaner furniture kits for up to 90 days at the start and 60 days at the end of tours. Persons living in Military Family Housing (on-post) on reduced JTR, will receive access to loaner furniture for the duration of the assignment. Persons living in Community Housing (off-post) on full JTR, will receive access to loaner furniture kits for up to 90 days at the start and 60 days at the end of tours. Persons living in Community Housing (off-post) on reduced JTR, will receive access to loaner furniture for the duration of the assignment. The furniture is good quality and brand name. Available items include: bedroom sets, dining room sets and living room sets. There is no particle board furniture in our inventory! The furniture is of such good quality that we do not throw it away after you use it! We have an entire team that refurbishes the items for reissue. Please treat it like you purchased it…a taxpayer did, for your benefit.
All persons in Military Family Housing (on-post) receive stoves, ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers and clothes dryers. Persons living in Community Housing (off-post) have access to stoves, ovens, refrigerators, clothes washers and clothes dryers. The appliances are good quality and brand name. Please treat them like you purchased them…a taxpayer did, for your benefit.
Please contact your gaining unit for eligibility for these services.
Advanced registration is possible, but your application date is not the date you are added to the wait-list. You are added to the wait list in accordance with AFI 36-6001, Family Housing Management. For nearly all members, advanced application means you are added to the wait list on the day you depart your current duty station UNLESS the military sponsor and family members do not travel together. In general, this advanced registration puts members on the wait-list 24-48 hours before persons who walk into the DoD Housing Office.
To advance register, send a copy of your orders, confirmed travel documents for all members listed in the orders, DD Form 1746 - application for assignment to housing and AF Form 4422 - sex offender disclosure form to email@example.com. If you have a completed package, you are added to the waiting list on the day of your departure UNLESS the military sponsor and family members do not travel together.
Many families choose to participate in Delayed Dependent Travel. This system allows military sponsors to arrive on Okinawa prior to the family. While this is done for many reasons, please be advised the military member cannot be placed on the family housing waiting list until the family has ticketed travel and is within 30 days of arrival. A family housing unit cannot be assigned without the family being present. Participating in Delayed Dependent Travel may cause the military member to be temporarily assigned to unaccompanied housing.
Dogs coming to Okinawa are subject to very strict control by the Government of Japan. The quarantine process is a minimum of 6 months (180 days) and it is recommended you begin the process immediately. A dog can serve the quarantine prior to arrival, but only if very strict conditions are met. See the USA Vet Page for more information: click here for more information.
Military Family Housing restricts the type and number of domesticated animals in each housing unit. Department of Defense Policy prohibits the following breeds of dog in Military Family Housing: pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman pinschers and wolf hybrids, as well as any mix with these breed types. The pit bull category is expanded to include breeds such as the American Bull Terrier. This policy has no waiver authority. Additionally, the DoD has issued new guidance in 2017 on the classification of "emotional support animals" and does NOT consider a class of service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The full policy regarding pets in Okinawa Military Family Housing can be accessed here.
The quick rule is: two pets of any combination of cats or unrestricted breed dogs per family housing unit. Fostered pets are included in this number.
For more information, see our housing brochure Section B, 14 and Attachment 1