Welcome to commander fleet activities Sasebo Housing

Our mission is to provide housing support for Service Members and their families assigned to Commander Fleet Activities (CFA) Sasebo.  Our goal is to assist our customers locating suitable, safe and affordable housing.  We have a range of housing options to meet your needs, whether accompanied or unaccompanied.  

 

Select one of the tabs below or the menu button to begin exploring CFA Sasebo housing. 

Navy Housing Service Center (HSC):

U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan
PSC 476 Box 126
FPO AP 96322-0002

Front Desk:  Building 200 (Across from Branch Health Clinic), 3rd Floor.
 
DSN:  315-252-3402/3923
DSN Fax:  315-252-3453
Off Base Local:  0956-50-3402-3923
From the United States:  011-81-956-50-3402/3923
Email:  Sasebo_Housing@navy.mil 
Hours:  Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Wednesday:  8;00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Unaccompanied Housing (UH):

U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan
PSC 476 Box 126
FPO AP 96322-0002
 
Front Desk & Check-in:  Bldg 151 California Drive (1st floor)
 
DSN:  315-252-6081/2155
DSN Fax: (315) 252-3530

Off Base Local:  0956-50-6081/2155
From the United States:  011-81-956-50-6081/2155

Hours:  7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Directions:

HSC location: As you enter the main gate take the first two lefts to arrive at building 200 (Across from Branch Health Clinic). HSC is located on the 3rd Floor.

UH location: Take the 2nd left and proceed down California drive until you reach building 151 on your left (Next to Community Education Center). The UH Front Desk is located on the 1st floor.  

Family Housing 

Accompanied personnel reporting to CFA Sasebo fall under mandatory housing assignment policy. If no government-owned housing is available, then members will be authorized to seek community housing.  Check-in at the local Housing Service Center (HSC) upon  arrival to the installation.  The HSC staff will assist with all of your home-finding needs.  

Government-Owned Housing 

The local HSC processes applications and assigns personnel to government-owned family housing.  The HSC is your advocate, and you should contact them with any issues.  For more information about on-base housing for accompanied personnel, including eligibility requirements, visit the CNIC Headquarters Government-Owned Housing page.  

The Housing Early Assistance Tool (HEAT) enables Service Members and their families to apply for government-owned family housing prior to departure from their current command, before or after receiving permanent change of station orders.  Visit the CNIC HQ HEAT page to find out more.  

Additionally, you can obtain application forms online, at your nearest HSC, or you can contact the HSC have one mailed or emailed to you. 

Within 3 business days of arrival, check-in to the CFA Sasebo HSC to sign up for the Housing Welcome Brief.   The brief is held Mondays and Thursdays from 1400-1500.   

There are 3 family housing neighborhoods located aboard CFA Sasebo, Dragon Vale, Fiddler's Green and Hario Village.  If appropriate quarters are not available upon arrival, personnel will be placed on a waiting list.  When a unit becomes available, the Service Member and family will receive a government-funded move from their off-base residence to family housing on base.  Contact the HSC to get the most current projection of housing availability and wait list information. 

Dragon Vale / Fiddler’s Green

Dragon Vale and Fiddler’s Green housing areas are located across the street from Sasebo Naval Base.  Residents utilize all main base facilities including the commissary, medical clinic, gyms, swimming pool, Movie Theater, restaurants, banks, chapel, post office and the Navy Exchange.  Located in the Main Base housing area you will find Sasebo Elementary School (K-6), E.J. King School (7-12), teen center, youth center, and a child development center. There are 217 homes which are a combination of tower apartments, garden-style apartments, and townhouses.  There are several variants of two, three and four bedroom units. Sizes and floor plans may vary.

Hario Village

The Hario Village housing area is a scenic and peaceful community located 25 minutes from Main Base (via the expressway).  There is a home-to-work shuttle bus program that runs two times a day between Main Base and Hario Village.  In addition to the 532 family housing units, Hario Village has the larger commissary, a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, teen center, youth center, community center, village theater, chapel, post office, ATM, food court, gas station, medical/dental clinic, NEX Home Store, and a child development center.  Also located at Hario Village is J.N. Darby Elementary School (K-6).  Middle School and High School students are bussed to the E.J. King School at Main Base.

Family Housing Photos & Floor Plans  
Community Housing 

The HSC maintains a current database of available off-base community rental properties for homes, apartments and townhomes.  Housing referral professionals inspect these rental properties for suitability.  The HSC assists with locating off-base housing in the local area, including:   

Off Base Japanese Rental Units

Most newcomers are shocked by their first look at available rental houses.  Expect to see small houses averaging 1,000 square feet or less for a two-bedroom unit. They are built with unfamiliar materials like tatami (straw mat) floors, and unfamiliar appliances or no appliances at all. Newer homes have only one or two tatami rooms; the rest have tile or hardwood floors, and some homes have no tatami.
The standard bedroom size is six tatamis, about 9 ft. by 12 ft. A "large master bedroom" is eight tatamis, or 12ft. by 12 ft. Houses often have narrow doors and halls, and narrower staircases (e.g., 27-inch-wide doors). Therefore, king size mattresses often won't fit upstairs. Door frames are often lower, about six feet from floor to top. Oversized couches or overstuffed chairs may not fit, since dining rooms are often just one end of a living room. Storage inside the house or outside may be limited or non-existent, and there is usually no attic or basement and no garage.

Members with large families having a four or more-bedroom requirement are advised that suitable accommodations in both on and off base housing are severely limited. Sponsors in this category should seriously consider preceding the family to Japan to find appropriate accommodations.

Unaccompanied housing 

Depending on assignment status (shore duty, sea duty, student, etc.) and pay grade, unaccompanied housing (UH) options at CFA Sasebo include barracks or dorms and housing in the local community.  

Barracks and Dorms 

UH is conveniently located on CFA Sasebo, housing approximately 1,422 Home Port Ashore (HPA) and Permanent Party (PP) service members in 5 buildings.     

UH is currently operating at the “Interim Assignment Policy” (IAP) standard.  We are programmed to provide accommodations for permanent party E1-E3, and E4 less than four years of service, deployable military personnel.  Those military personnel not captured in this requirement may contact the UH Front Desk IOT to determine eligibility for temporary lodging and/or off-installation housing.  Housing Referral Service for off-base housing will be provided as soon as verification of entitlements, eligibility and/or non-availability of government quarters has been documented and received.  Authorization, requirements and documentation will vary according to your pay grade and assigned duty station.

Accommodations are one or two persons to a room based on pay grade and square footage.  Building 151 serves as the check-in point.  Linens are provided at check-in.  UH facilities include lounges equipped with televisions, washers and dryers, and vending machines in all buildings.  There are also recreational, fitness, dining, religious, educational and other amenities, most located within walking distance of UH.  Additional information on base amenities is available in the Welcome Aboard package.  

Resident advisors (RA) and geographic bachelors (GB) may also reside on-base.  RAs are senior personnel who provide an after-hours leadership presence to UH residents.  RAs sign a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to certain duties and responsibilities in exchange for a room in UH.  The program is strictly voluntary and open to personnel in pay grades E5 to E9 (E4 with their commanding officer’s recommendation), including GBs.  For more information about the RA program and to obtain an application, please contact the UH Administrative Office. 
  
GBs are personnel ordered to the installation who, by choice or circumstance, have decided that their dependents will continue to live in another geographic area.  GBs are receiving basic allowance for housing at the with dependents rate.  They are not normally authorized to live in UH; however, there are a limited number of spaces available for them.  GBs must submit an application that will be reviewed by the Assignment Review Board.  If approved, the GB will be placed on the waiting list and offered UH when it becomes available. 

Community Housing 

The Housing Service Center (HSC) maintains a current database of available off-base community rental properties for homes, apartments and townhomes.  Housing referral professionals inspect these rental properties for suitability.  The HSC assists with locating off-base housing in the local area, including:   

Navy Housing Services

The Navy Housing Service Center (HSC) mission is to provide housing support for all families and unaccompanied personnel moving to or departing from the local area.  

Arrival Services:

  • Housing needs assessment

  • Temporary housing information

  • Personalized single-family home, condo and apartment finding assistance

  • Provide rental listings 

  • Verify eligibility and process applications for housing 

  • Maintain military housing wait list

  • Maps and directions of local area

Departure Services:

  • Provide information on housing at your new duty station

  • Process and fax or email housing application packages to your new duty station

Additional Services:

  • Telephones, photocopy and fax machines are available without charge

HOME FINDING

The HSC's trained professionals can help you choose the right housing to meet your needs.
 
HOMES.mil is an official Department of Defense (DoD) website dedicated to helping Service Members, families and DoD civilians find housing. 

COMMUNITY HOUSING

Service Members should check-in with the HSC upon arrival at the installation, even if planning on renting in the local community.  The HSC maintains a current database, that is accessible 24 hours a day, of available off-base community rental properties for homes, apartments and townhomes.  Housing referral professionals inspect these rental properties for suitability.  Additionally, the HSC provides lease review services and is your Navy advocate for you and your family when housing maintenance, health or safety issues arise.  For additional information on local community housing, please contact the HSC. 
To list your rental property or update your current listing with the Navy Housing Referral program, visit the CNIC HQ page for HOMES.mil.  Additionally, the Navy Housing YouTube page has instructional videos on using HOMES.mil to create a property manager account and add or edit a property.

Issue Resolution 

Navy HSCs provide support with issue resolution for customers wherever they choose to live, whether in military or community housing. Our issue resolution services are provided to both the tenant and landlord free of charge.

Shipping, Weight Limits and POV  

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) is responsible for Navy household goods (HHG) and personal property.  NAVSUP provides information and guidance to assist with permanent change of station (PCS) moves and the HHG claims process.  
 
Additionally, there are several other resources available for Service Members that are looking for information on shipping HHG and privately owned vehicles

Visit the CNIC headquarters Web site to access additional resources for PCS moves

Appliances and Electrical Requirements 

At CFA Sasebo, all government-owned family housing units are furnished with major household appliances (i.e. refrigerator, electric range or stove, clothes washer and dryer, and dishwasher).  
 
The Housing Service Center (HSC) will provide loaner appliances for off-base housing (refrigerator, four-burner gas stove, washer or dryer, conventional or microwave oven, and transformer) as needed.  Additional utility fees may apply for gas stove connections. Contact the HSC for more information. 

Electricity in Sasebo is provided at 100 volts, 60 hertz.  Mostly Type-A outlets.  Electrical power for on-base MFH operates at the standard U.S. voltage of 120V, 60 H Type A & B outlets.  Although most of your appliances will not have a problem when you plug them in, CFAS Housing does provide transformers (subject to availability) on our loaner furniture program.

Furnishings 

Temporary loaner furniture is issued to accompanied and unaccompanied military and Department of Defense civilian personnel for a maximum of 90 days.  Household goods (HHG) must be in transit to be eligible for loaner furniture.  Furniture is loaned for up to 90 days or until the HHG shipment arrives, whichever occurs earlier.    
 
Please note that government-owned or community housing may not be large enough to accommodate large or heavy furniture.

Internet

The internet is plentiful.  Our Military Family Housing (MFH) units are cable ready to receive Armed Forces Network programming and high-speed internet connections.  Residents may acquire additional cable channels for an additional fee.  Cell phones and other high-tech gadgets are plentiful in Japan. No worries - you can still connect to your favorite apps.

Driving in Japan 

Driving in Japan is exciting.  Exciting in that you will be driving on the wrong side of the car and on the wrong side of the road.  However, driving in Sasebo is fun and safe due to the well-maintained roads and markings, and the relatively low speed limit.  Purchasing used vehicles in Sasebo is our recommended option vice shipping your stateside vehicle.  Used cars are plentiful and in generally good condition.  The CFAS Safety Office and Security Department will help you get your license to operate a vehicle, and get your car registered.  Having a valid U.S. license is a requirement.

Pets 

Dogs are authorized in all MFH townhouses, garden apartments, and 1st and 2nd-floor tower units at CFAS.  However, the second-floor garden apartment units and tower units do not have a yard.

All non-domestic animals are not allowed in MFH.  This includes, but is not limited to: snakes, lizards, potbelly pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, chickens, ducks, ferrets, monkeys, reptiles and tarantulas.  Raising animals of any type, including birds and fish, for commercial purposes is not allowed.

Owners are permitted to keep two pets in their assigned unit (e.g., two cats, one cat and one dog; etc.).  All pets must be registered with the Sasebo Veterinary Treatment Facility, have proper inoculations, and be micro-chipped for identification at all times.  Pet cats must be spayed or neutered.

Pet owners will be held personally and financially responsible for the care of their pets, the cleanliness of their MFH and the entire CFAS housing community.   Pet ownership at CFAS MFH is a conditional privilege.

Only pet dogs arriving PCS with members or in the process of transporting to Japan shall be taken into consideration when making housing assignments.  Pets acquired after arrival will not be considered when making assignments in any circumstance. 

Documentation certifying registration, inoculations, spaying, or neutering must be submitted to the Housing Services Center upon initial assignment and upon request.  Failure to submit the documents shall be cause to refuse a pet from staying in Military Family Housing.

Bringing pets will seriously interfere with finding a place to live, both on and off base.  Housing applicants are advised via Family Entry Approval message and PCS Orders not to bring their pet dog(s) until it is determined if the type of unit they will be assigned will allow the dog.

For more information on importing pets, please contact the Sasebo Veterinary Treatment Facility at sasebovetclinic@gmail.com.     

Eligibility and Application Process 

Effective 25 Jun 2013 all Active Duty Accompanied Members must reside in on-base housing.

All incoming military families are involuntarily assigned to MFH meeting their eligibility requirements based on rank and family composition (sorry - I know we love them, but dogs are not considered to be part of the family composition for housing assignment purposes), without regard to location (Dragon Vale or Hario Village) or type of unit (garden-style apartment, townhouse, or tower unit).  Members declining involuntary assignment will no longer be eligible to receive a government-funded courtesy move (moving from off-base to on-base) and Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) is forfeited in 30 days or on the availability date of the unit offered, whichever is later.  Furthermore, Member will not be eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) and (Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA) entitlements.

Eligibility to Military Family Housing 

  • All military personnel completing an accompanied tour with bona fide family members are eligible for MFH.  Bonafide family members are those who have received dependency status, command sponsorship approval, and will reside with the sponsor for nine consecutive months or more each year during the sponsor's tour. 

  • All military personnel with newly acquired family members and/or non-command sponsored family members who will reside with their sponsor for nine consecutive months or more each year during the sponsor's tour may apply for MFH.  The control date will be the date when HSC receives the command sponsorship approval. 

  • Active duty single parent. An individual serving an accompanied tour who is unmarried, divorced, separated or widowed and is accompanied by bonafide family members with command sponsorship who will reside with the sponsor for nine or more consecutive months each year during the sponsor’s tour is eligible for MFH.  Divorced or separated members must have legal and physical custody of bonafide family members for at least nine consecutive months each year during the sponsor’s tour.  A single parent who requires a live-in childcare provider must submit a written request to HSC. 

  • Single, pregnant service member. Unmarried, pregnant service members may apply and be placed on the waiting list for MFH upon certification of pregnancy, but will not be assigned MFH prior to the birth of the child. The housing application control date will be the date the housing application and physician pregnancy certification are received. Offer of assignment to MFH will not be made until a birth certificate is received or a waiver granted by the HA to reside in MFH prior to birth has been received by the HSC. 

  • Department of Defense (DOD Civilians, Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employees, and Non-DOD Civilians (Red Cross, USO) with transportation Agreement may apply for assignment to MFH, but will primarily rely on surrounding civilian communities for housing support. 

  • All DOD appropriated fund civilian employees of the U.S. Forces (Article I of the Status of Forces Agreement) on transportation agreements, eligible for Living Quarters Allowance (LQA), and accompanied with bona fide family members with command sponsorship approval who will reside with the sponsor for nine consecutive months or more each year during the sponsor's tour, are eligible for MFH. Assignments to MFH will be terminated after five consecutive years, unless the ICO determines it is in the best interest of the government to extend occupancy. Such decisions will be documented and kept on file for a minimum of three years. 

  • Other civilian government employees and American Red Cross personnel in grade ARC 34 or higher and accompanied with bonafide family members with command sponsorship that will reside with the sponsor for nine consecutive months or more each year during the sponsor's tour are eligible for MFH. 

  • Non-appropriated fund personnel accompanied with bona fide family members with command sponsorship approval who will reside with the sponsor for nine consecutive months or more each year during the sponsor's tour and on a transportation agreement are eligible for assignment to MFH. Assignments to MFH will be terminated after five consecutive years unless the ICO determines it is in the best interest of the government to extend occupancy. Such decisions will be documented and kept on file for a minimum of three years. The HSC will determine eligibility for MFH for non-appropriated fund personnel who are on transportation agreements based on equivalency in pay grade and equivalency certification from the employer's management authority. Non­ appropriated personnel shall pay the established rental and utility rates for MFH. 

  • DOD sponsored civilian personnel accompanied with bona fide family members who will reside with the sponsor for nine consecutive months or more each year during the sponsor/s tour and command sponsored may be provided MFH when surplus assets are available or under special priority situations as determined by HA. Assignments to MFH will be terminated after five consecutive years unless the ICO determines it is in the best interest of the government to extend occupancy. Such decisions will be documented and placed on file for a minimum of three years. 

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)

TLA accrual begins the day the member reports to the new permanent duty station.  Paid TLA begins when member and family report to the new duty station.  Member must check-in to Housing Services Center to submit an application to be eligible for TLA after check-in to your new command.  TLA is normally granted to active duty members with command sponsored dependents and dual-military couples.  The purpose of TLA is to help defray the cost of meals and lodging while member is seeking off-base housing.  TLA may be granted for 60 days.  TLA is a reimbursable entitlement and paid in 10-day increments. 

Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance (TQSA)
The primary guidelines for TQSA CFAS HSC will ensure economical management and compliance with applicable regulations and policies. DOD civilians under transportation agreement and entitled to TQSA will be managed in coordination with their servicing Human Resources Office (HRO) using the Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR)
When a valid offer for MFH is available to a family based on family composition, but unable to accept, the sponsor will be notified in writing and the TQSA entitlements will cease thirty (30) days after notification of MFH availability or unit move-in date, whichever is later.

How To Apply For Base Housing:  Military Members

The following are the documents required:

  • Housing application DD Form 1746 (Available at the bottom of this page)

  • PCS Orders (all pages) 

  • Family Entry Approval or Command Sponsorship Approval

  • Detaching Endorsement (L20/L01 Activity Loss from last Permanent Duty Station)

  • Page 2 (Record of Emergency Data)

  • Valid Power of Attorney for your spouse or representative if sponsor is absence

  • Marriage Certificate (married after arrival member)

  • Pregnancy Certificate (single pregnant member)

  • Court Ordered Custody Agreement for your step children (if applicable)

  • Pet Customs Forms and Record (if applicable)

When you apply for MFH, we will collect these documents. Other supporting documents may be required on a case-by-case basis.  In order for you to retain your CONTROL DATE (C/D) which affects your waiting period, you must apply for MFH within 30 days of reporting to your new command in Sasebo.  If you are reporting from a Permanent Duty Station (PDS), your C/D will be established as the date you detached from that PDS.  If Sasebo is your first PDS, the reporting date to your command will be your C/D. Failure to apply for MFH within 30 days; your C/D will be the date of application and also will not be authorized for a government-funded local move.

How To Apply For Base Housing:  DOD Civilians

The following are the documents required:

  • Housing application DD Form 1746

  • DoD Travel orders

  • Transportation Agreement DD Form 1617

  • SF-50

  • Dependent Entry Approval or Command Sponsorship Approval if applicable

  • Valid Power of Attorney for your spouse or representative if sponsor is absence

When you apply for MFH, we will collect these documents. Other supporting documents may be required on a case-by-case basis.  In order for you to retain your CONTROL DATE which affects your waiting period, you must apply for MFH within 30 days of reporting to your new command in Sasebo.  Control date for civilian employees will be the effective date on SF-50 to your command in Sasebo. Failure to apply for MFH within 30 days, your control date will be the date of application and also will not be authorized for a government-funded local move.

Advance Application

If you would like to send your application form and required documents in advance, you are more than welcome to do so 30 days prior to your arrival.  We will hold your application and that will be activated on a waiting list AFTER you reported to your new command on board NAF Atsugi.  Your name will not go on a waiting list until after you have arrived, reported to your new command and completed the application process with counselor.

Control Date & Waiting List Placement

  • Member’s Control Date will be usually date detached from last PDS, activity loss departure date. 

  • Control date determines the position on a waiting list and waiting time period.

  • If member fail to apply for MFH within 30 days, his/her control date will be the actual date of application (walk-in date).  Member will start at the bottom of the waiting list and will not be authorized for a government funded local move from his/her off-base residence.

  • The waiting times are estimates and subject to change daily. 

Housing Offer & Assignment

There will be an initial waiting list based on your pay grade and bedroom eligibility.  Member will be offered the next available unit at the earliest move-in date unit.  House offer and assignment are based on member’s pay grade and family composition listed on his/her Dependent Entry Approval. 
Once member or spouse has been contacted and an offer of MFH has been made, member has 48 hours to accept or decline the offer.  Member and spouse should discuss housing options prior to any offer as many service members are deployed when an offer occurs.  If member or spouse do not respond within 48 hours after being contacted and made an offer, it will be considered an automatic declination of MFH.  This has the same effect as if member declined in writing.  A member either accepts and move-in or may decline the offer. 
All assignments to Military Family Housing are for the duration of the sponsor’s duty at the geographic location, Sasebo.  Any follow-on tours/extensions in Sasebo (sea or shore) are considered as in the same geographic location.   Relocation to another unit is not authorized unless there is an increase in bedroom entitlements (self-move) or promotion from enlisted to officer (funded move).
As offers could be made while the unit is in the Change-of-Occupancy Maintenance phase, the offered unit may not be available to view.  In that case, a like unit may be available to be viewed.  If no units are available for viewing, member’s decision will have to be made based on available floor plans.  BAH/OHA stops on the Date of Assignment to Housing.

FAQs

Sasebo Housing FAQs

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The Housing Early Assistance Tool (HEAT) assists Service Members and their families in applying for housing Navy wide.  HEAT allows Service Members and their families to get the housing application process started at one or more Navy installations online before or after they receive their permanent change of station orders.  HEAT is available to any Service Member at all Navy installations.  HEAT creates an easy user experience to connect with your destination.  Spouses can use the application as well, needing only minimal information about their Service Member.  A housing referral professional will be in touch within 2 business days.


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