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In lieu of AHRN, 50 CES provides housing referral, relocation services

A typical back yard at Schriever's Tierra Vista Community housing area. Tierra Vista uses a water optimization system which currently uses sensors to detect moisture in the ground at different areas and can override the watering schedule. (courtesy photo)

The Department of Defense is scheduled to unveil Enterprise Military Housing in July; eMH is a new program that will assist service members in searching for privatized and local housing rentals within their specific criteria or a range of their basic allowance for housing rate.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Department of Defense is scheduled to unveil Enterprise Military Housing in July; eMH is a new website that will assist service members in searching for privatized and local housing rentals within their specific criteria or a range of their basic allowance for housing rate.

The new website will replace the Automated Housing Referral Network, a similar resource that has more than 1 million users and 800,000 properties as of 2013.

"As of Jan. 1, DOD no longer sponsors the AHRN website," said Thomas Hanon, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron Housing chief and asset manager. "Installation housing offices are expected to notify service members and property managers about the changes."

According to Air Force officials, installation housing offices will continue to offer referral services and a full range of relocation assistance as well as monitor community housing property listings to ensure they provide the needed services, free from discrimination and provide equal opportunity and treatment for all.

"Until the new site is active, service members looking for follow-on housing at their next duty station should use the Air Force Housing online website, www.housing.af.mil," said Hanon. "Select your installation and follow the prompts to find your on-base and community housing information."

It is highly encouraged that service members, especially those who are arriving at a new installation, contact their local housing management offices for a listing of properties. In the meantime, members may take advantage of commercial home-finding services and websites.

AHRN will still be available but will function as a commercial site without DOD sponsorship. Members will be required to review and accept updated user agreements.

"Property managers with new listings should provide details of their available property to the housing office, which will capture information for the service members," Hanon said. "Those with existing rental properties should also verify and update their information with the housing office."

Landlords and property managers may contact the installation housing office through email to list their available property at no cost.

For now, the short term solutions for service members include the use of eMH at overseas installations where the system has been deployed, or continue using the Automated Civil Engineer System at overseas installations pending eMH deployment. eMH via Global Schema will be utilized at U.S. installations.

"The housing office is always here to help our service members with searching for their homes," said Hanon. "We remain committed to providing members with affordable, adequate housing options and will continue to provide referral and relocation services."

For more information, contact 567-2884 or email 50ces.ceh@us.af.mil.
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