HOUSING NEWS & RESOURCES
Fort Belvoir Mayors Program
In its ongoing effort to improve ways to address resident concerns and provide service and support for Service members and their families who choose to live on post, Belvoir initiated the Mayor Program.
The program relies on a volunteer staff of 15 Service members, who serve in a key leadership role, called mayors, who represent each of the 15 distinct neighborhoods or villages of Fort Belvoir.
The Mayors meet with the Garrison Commander once a month to discuss installation events, programs, issues and concerns. Mayors also work with the newly established Fort Belvoir Ombudsman to assist in resolving village resident concerns and enhance communication between housing residents and the garrison leadership.
Mayors will handle everything from fielding complaints and directing residents to authorities who can help, to addressing issues with command leadership, according to Dr. John Moeller, deputy to the garrison commander. Mayors will also help guide new programs that serve the community. Housing mayors are Service members representing the multiple service branches on Belvoir. The deputies can be military or civilian. Mayors and their deputies must live in the village they represent.
Moeller said issues addressed by the mayors and their deputies include any areas or concerns impacting the quality of life of Belvoir residents. “Whatever those issues are, the mayors are empowered to work with their communities, the unit sponsors and command or garrison leadership,” said Moeller, who provides senior level oversight for the program.
A major part of a Mayor’s role is disseminating information to the residents and elevating their concerns. Facebook pages have been established for each of the Mayor’s villages to communicate information and activities of interest to their villages. Residents are encouraged to join their respective community groups to ensure they are connected and receiving pertinent information.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mayor Program, go to the housing portal located on the home page of the Fort Belvoir website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you would like to contact the Fort Belvoir Ombudsman, call 540-273-7450.
How to reach your Mayor
To contact your mayor, send them an email at their email address listed above and join your village’s Mayor Facebook Group by visiting the Fort Belvoir Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortbelvoir/groups.
Quarterly Community Town Hall
FORT BELVOIR COMMUNITY TOWN HALL
The Army is committed to improving housing to ensure residents are afforded the quality of life commensurate to their service to our Nation. As part of USAG Fort Belvoir's on going efforts to identify steps to resolve housing issues and concerns, Military District of Washington and Fort Belvoir Army leadership have implented Town Hall Meetings held quarterly with the RCI housing partner.
A. The Fort Belvoir Mayor Program is the Garrison Commander’s program, which was initiated as part of the Army's ongoing efforts to improve military housing. The mission of the program is to enhance the Quality of Life for Fort Belvoir residents, increase unit chain of command involvement and visibility, improve communication between the Garrison leadership and Residents, and develop a sense of community within each of the 15 villages of Fort Belvoir.
A. The name and email for each of the 15 Mayors is located on the 'Housing Portal' under the "Mayor Program" Tab.
A. No. Mayors and Deputy Mayors are volunteer positions that are registered through the ACS Volunteer Corp program.
A. No, the Mayor Program or the Ombudsman does not replace the Levels of Escalation. Residents still have the option to use the chain of command outlined in the Levels of Escalation to resolve their housing concerns or they can use their Mayor and Ombudsman to advocate on their behalf.
A. The Mayors meet with the Garrison Command Team once a month to discuss housing concerns, issues, recommendations, installation events and activities. Additionally, the Mayors and Deputy Mayors meet with the Ombudsman on a regular basis.
A. Mayors will use their Facebook page that represents their respective community to disseminate information and address questions.
A. Mayors and Deputy Mayors are a tremendous asset to both residents and our housing partners. Mayors can assist residents by serving as a housing liaison which allows the resident to focus on other priorities. They can also diffuse situations and offer alternative courses of action to resolve their concerns. Due to their positions, they are often able to take concerns directly to the appropriate person to resolve their issues. They can also provide guidance on quality of life issues outside of housing, such as, reenlisting, spouse employment, schools, etc.
A. The Fort Belvoir Ombudsman can be reached at 540-273-7450.
Garrison Announcement on PFAS Soil Sampling
SEPT 25 UPDATE:
In July 2019, Secretary Mark Esper stood up a task force to provide strategic leadership and direction to ensure a coordinated, aggressive, and holistic approach on DoD-wide installations to proactively address Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) issues. PFAS are found in everyday consumer items – from nonstick cookware to water-resistant clothing. They are also found in certain firefighting foam known as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). DoD installations no longer use AFFF for land-based testing and training.
As part of DoD's preventative approach to addressing PFAS, there will be soil and water sampling at various locations across Fort Belvoir starting this Sunday, 27 September and running through Wednesday, 30 September. The sampling is designed to determine if there are any traces of PFAS. This sampling will come with some noise due to the use of drilling equipment, but should be complete in a reasonable amount of time. Of all the locations, there is only one in the housing area (Lewis Village). It is currently planned to occur on Sunday, 27 September between approximately 1500-1800 hours.
This sampling is part of a Department of Defense-wide installations program focus on ensuring the health and safety of our Service members, their families, and our workforce.
ActiveBuilding Work Order System
Registration is still underway for the ActiveBuilding Resident Portal account. Since its inception April 1, we have registered approximately 45% of our residents. Be sure to check your e-mail, including your spam folder, for a system-generated e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you did not receive the email or your link has expired, contact your Community Management Team to request a new e-mail for you. Visit: The Villages at Belvoir.
Fort Belvoir's Army Housing Online User Services
Visit Fort Belvoir's Army Housing Online User Services page on the Official U.S. Army Housing Website.
Army Housing In The News
ARMY HOUSING IN THE NEWS