Housing while stationed at Devens is found in surrounding communities. The Relocation office will help you with your search to find appropriate, affordable housing. For information on how to find Government housing, apartments and homes for rent or purchase, contact the ACS Office,
at (978) 615-6091.
Hanscom Air Force Base located around 25 miles from Devens has on-post housing. Effective 1 May 00, any active duty military except active duty National Guardsmen assigned within a one hour commute time of Hanscom AFB is placed on a consolidated first come first serve priority 2 listing within their respective housing needs category, and offered housing as it becomes available. Hanscom AFB Base Housing office telephone number is 781-225-5638.
Apartment rentals in this area routinely require first month rent, last month rent, and often a security deposit equal to one month rent, to be paid prior to occupancy.
For more Web site information on this subject, visit Hanscom AFB http://www.hanscom.af.mil
Natick Soldier Systems Center
The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center has a number of housing areas in the region, including sites within 30 minutes of Fort Devens. Any active duty military assigned within a one hour commute time of USAG Natick is placed on a first come first serve priority 2 listing within their respective housing needs category, and offered housing as it becomes available. The U.S. Army Garrison Natick Housing Office is available at telephone number
508-233-5216/5409, or by email.
For more Web site information on this subject, visit Natick Soldier Systems Center.
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Housing is expensive and scarce. For information on rentals and home purchases contact Army Community Service Office, Devens, (978) 615-6091; DSN 323-615. There are some furnished efficiency type apartments available through the Devens Commerce Center for single service members. A lease is required along with first,last month and security deposit.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Apartment rentals routinely require first month rent, last month rent, and often a security deposit equal to one month rent, to be paid prior to occupancy.
DMDC will input Basic Allowance Housing (BAH) rates. For more information on this subject, visit Per Diem rate - http://defensetravel.dod.mil.
The cost of utilities depends on the utility company and customer habits. Security deposit is required for hook ups. Adequate insulation in a home/apartment and use of conservation measures can have a major impact on utility bills in a cold climate like New England. Gas, oil or electric are the major choices for heat. Electric heat is said to be more expensive than gas or oil.
For electric rate information: http://www.electricrate.com/residential-rates-massachusetts/
There is no housing for accompanied or unaccompanied service members on Devens. Single service members may live off past and draw single basic allowance for quarters. If you are leaving your family at another location, be sure they understand the reason for the separation. Be certain that your spouse and older children are aware of your financial system: bills, checkbook, banking institution, and family support numbers in their area. Be sure that all ID cards are valid. Make sure everyone is enrolled in DEERS. Getting a power of attorney for your spouse may be a good idea. Cross Reference PCS Reporting Procedures.