The Housing Division offers a broad array of housing services for service members, their families and Department of Defense civilians including the following:

  • Unaccompanied Personnel Housing Services – Includes on base barracks and dormitories and Certificate of Non-Availability processing
  • On Base Family Housing Services – Includes on base privatized family housing provided by our housing partner, Lincoln Military Housing. Click here to visit the Lewis-McChord Communities page.
  • Off Base Housing Services – Includes off base housing education and referral assistance and the Rental Partnership Program
  • Temporary lodging options
  • Relocation assistance for your next duty station
  • Tips for PCSing homeowners who must rent or sell their homes
  • Lease review services including lease negotiation and landlord mediation
  • Area maps and access to computer workstations and telephones to assist you with your housing search

Click here to view the Housing Services Office Welcome Packet.


 About Joint Base Lewis-McChord On-base Family Housing

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has taken great strides towards providing service members and their families with the quality housing they deserve. Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family Housing participates in the Residential Communities Initiative program conducted by the Department of Army. The Army has chosen a management and development partner from the private sector to manage the family housing communities, to build new housing, renovate existing housing and demolish and rebuild existing housing in other areas.

There are approximately 5,000 family housing units in 22 communities -- each equipped with a stove and refrigerator, dishwasher and/or disposal, and washer/dryer hook-up. Many of the units have either a carport or garage. Home type pictures and floor plans can be viewed at  Lewis-McChord Communities.

Residing in on base housing is voluntary, not mandatory, except for personnel assigned to key and essential positions, as designated by the installation commander. All service members with a family housing requirement are eligible to apply for on base housing. Service members assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord must attend a government Housing Services Office briefing. Briefings take place every weekday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.  in Building 2140 on Liggett Avenue, Waller Hall, room 202.

Eligible service members wishing to apply for on base housing may do so upon arrival to Joint Base Lewis-McChord by visiting Building 5128 on Pendleton Avenue. Service members will be required to choose one of the housing communities at the time of application and are then placed on the waiting list for on base housing based on their rank, bedroom requirement and communities chosen. Service members are responsible for keeping the Lewis-McChord Communities Leasing Center informed of changes in eligibility status, unit, duty and home phone numbers. Waiting lists are updated weekly and can be checked by visiting Lewis-McChord Communities' Leasing Center. Service members are required to attend a fire safety briefing within the first 30 days of occupancy of on base family housing.

Housing Services Office

In-processing briefs take place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. weekdays in Building 2140, Liggett Avenue, Waller Hall, room 202.

During the briefing, service members will be provided with information about renting in the local community and how to apply for on base family housing. Orders to JBLM are required.


The HSO offers the following:

  • Counsel personnel authorized to draw Basic Allowance for Housing before they enter into a lease, rental or purchase agreement
  • Educate personnel on thier rights under Service Members Civil Relief Act
  • Provide area maps, rental listings, telephone bank and computer workstations to assist in the search for housing
  • Answer specific questions about lease terms
  • Teach home buying workshops
  • Mediate tenant/landlord disputes
  • Manage the Rental Partnership Program - If you are interested in off-base housing, you may want to consider participating in the Rental Partnership Program. The RPP is a program designed to assist service members and their families find affordable off-base housing. The intent is to help ease the financial stress of PCS moves and other major transitions by encouraging landlords to provide a 5 percent or more discount on monthly rent, waive security/rent deposits and waive fees for credit checks. For a list of participating properties, visit the RPP Referral List.


Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH) Services/Army Barracks Management Program (ABMP)

Unaccompanied Soldiers (E5 and below) are required to in-process with their Unit S1 and then with the appropriate barracks manager.  All new arrivals need to report to their barracks manager before 4 p.m. for room assignment.

Unaccompanied Airmen (E4 and below with less than three years time in service) are required to in-process at the Consolidated Dormitory Office at 566 Outer Circle Drive on McChord Field.

At JBLM, we strive to create an inclusive environment that cultivates the development and training of Soldiers and Airmen. The Army and the Air Force recognize that the management of Unaccompanied Personnel Housing facilities is critical to a service member’s development process. UPH is a personal residence, and we strive to provide a modern, functional, well maintained and comfortable home, as well as promote pride, professionalism and personal dignity.

Unaccompanied Personnel Housing is provided for unaccompanied Soldiers E5 and below and for unaccompanied Airmen E4 and below with less than three years of service.

For more information. click here.

Lodging/Temporary Accommodations

On Base Lodging - On May 1, 2013, as part of the Army’s Privatized Army Lodging Initiative, Joint Base Lewis-McChord lodging was privatized with the formation of a partnership between the Army and IHG Army Hotels. IHG Army Hotels manages and operates the day-to-day functions of on base lodging. Personnel interested in making on base lodging arrangements may contact IHG Army Hotels at 1-877-711-TEAM or Because JBLM lodging has been privatized, personnel are no longer required to obtain a Statement of Non-Availability to make off base lodging arrangements

Off Base Lodging - For a list of off-base lodging options near JBLM, contact the Housing Services Office.

For a list of extended stay and lodging options in the JBLM area that offer service members special rates, click here.  These options include hotels offering special extended stay rates and rental homes that can be rented on a short-term basis.  For rental properties that offer leases of three months or longer, please visit the Housing Services Office to meet with a counselor. Counselors can provide guidance and customized lists of rental options meeting specific needs. 

Please consider visiting the HSO upon arrival for updated information on special rates.  The HSO is not affiliated with the listed properties and is providing this information as reference only.  A list of other lodging facilities near JBLM is available upon request. 

If interested in any of these options, please contact the hotel or apartment directly at the telephone numbers provided and ask for the special “JBLM HSO rate.”

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