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unaccompanied Housing

Unaccompanied Housing for Single Sailors


Navy Housing is dedicated to providing suitable, affordable and safe living quarters for single or unaccompanied Sailors who live in Unaccompanied Housing (UH).  CNIC’s mission is to “…deliver shore-based products and services to sustain the fleet, enable the fighter and support the family…” The UH program provides housing and related services in support of Navy’s mission and readiness. 

The Navy Housing authority is responsible for barracks and dormitory housing operations and the facilities for unaccompanied personnel.  The Installation commanding officer is the housing authority at the installation and is responsible in applying housing standards and providing equitable availability of housing to all eligible personnel.  Depending on the location and mission of the installation, UH could include quarters for permanent party single Service members, unaccompanied Service members, students, and authorized civilians who are assigned to the installation or units supported by the installation both afloat or ashore.  UH is further separated between permanent party barracks, mission essential barracks (to include austere barracks), and student dormitories.  UH is classified as government-owned or leased, and public-private venture housing (UH-PPV).

The diversified UH funding sources require multiple commands and organizations across every echelon of the Navy’s shore establishment to effectively manage the UH program.  The UH manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of all UH facilities and operations.  Installation partners support the UH program by providing required services and functions not funded by the quarters operation account of UH.  UH works closely with Public Works Department (PWD), Preventive Medical Unit (PMU), Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES), Security and Force Protection, Navy Housing Service Centers (HSC) and other installation partners. 

The information provided on this website will assist you in your housing requirements and includes information on community housing, government housing and UH-PPV housing. 

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Government Housing


The majority of permanent party barracks are government owned/controlled and located on-base.  The Navy Unaccompanied Housing (UH) office is responsible for determining eligibility, processing applications, and making assignments.  This office also manages Housing operations, including resident relations, and maintenance and repair coordination.

Permanent Party Assignment

Navy UH programs barracks house all single, permanent party Sailors in pay grades E1–E3 and E4 with less than four years of service.  Navy UH houses as many E4s with more than four years of service (E4>4) as possible; however, E4>4s are not required to accept assignments to inadequate quarters.  UH normally assigns permanent party E1–E3s to shared rooms with no more than two Sailors sharing a bath.  UH assigns E4s to private rooms with no more than two sharing a bath.

Students Assignment

Navy UH houses students in dormitories.  Students are typically in shared rooms.  Dormitories vary depending on the type of training, and can vary from open bay rooms for basic training to private rooms with amenities such as bathrooms and kitchens.



Privatized Housing

Unaccompanied housing public private venture (UH-PPV) is privatized unaccompanied housing, managed by a private entity and governed by a business agreement in which the Navy has limited rights and responsibilities.  The privatized housing management company is entirely responsible for the construction, renovation, maintenance and day-to-day management of the housing.

UH-PPV is located both on and off base.  The Navy has two UH-PPV locations:

To apply for privatized unaccompanied housing, eligible junior Sailors must submit complete applications to the Navy UH office for referral to UH-PPV.  Once referred, the privatized housing management company manages all resident matters, including leasing and maintenance.



Community Housing

Community housing is the primary source of housing for single E5 personnel and above, and other single personnel eligible to receive basic allowance for housing (BAH).  Those under E5 must obtain approval by the installation commanding officer to live in the community and receive BAH.

Navy Housing Service Centers (HSC) offer enhanced counseling services tailored to meet the needs of unaccompanied service members, geographic bachelors and those new to renting.  Our enhanced counseling focuses on helping you understand:

  • Command policy for living in the community

  • Your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) entitlement

  • Your housing options, including apartments, rental houses and privatized housing

  •  The pros and cons of living in the community and living alone vs. with roommates

Navy unaccompanied personnel who are changing permanent station to overseas must consider the local conditions of the new permanent duty station (PDS) and available housing programs.   Community housing may be unfurnished or partially/fully furnished overseas.  Some overseas installations have less-than-normal weight limit for household goods shipment and availability of loaner furniture may be limited or unavailable.  Contact the HSC supporting your new PDS for more details. 

Please visit our Home Finding Services page for more information


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