|Rental and housing referrals for members of the Fort
McCoy community are supported by the Department of Defense (DoD) Housing
Services Office program, the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works
Housing Division and several websites.
Sherry Oslie, Housing Management Specialist for the Fort McCoy
Housing Office, said the main function of the installation Housing
Services Office is to assist Soldiers and their Family members in
finding quality, affordable residential rentals outside the gates of
Every incoming Soldier receives an in-briefing that covers housing
entitlements and services, Oslie said. The Housing staff briefs
Soldiers, Families and civilians covering such subjects as renter’s
insurance and the military clause, which allows them to end leases or
rental agreements if they receive orders to deploy or to move, for
Using the DoD website (www.ahrn.com)
or Automated Housing Referral Network, which is available to military
and civilian personnel throughout the DoD, is emphasized.
Oslie said the AHRN website benefits both landlords and tenants/renters.
Landlords can list properties free of charge on the site. In-depth
descriptions of properties and up to 10 photos can be posted to the site
Potential tenants can access the site from anywhere in the world, Oslie
said. The office was helping a Soldier moving from Italy to Fort McCoy,
and he could access potential rental site listings from overseas.
Walt Sanders, Housing inspector, performs onsite inspections of as many
rental properties as possible and annotates inspections on the website
listing. Unacceptable listings will be removed from the site if they
don’t meet standards.
Katie Schindler, Housing assistant, said using the AHRN site is
excellent because users can customize their search to sort through the
available housing by price, city, zip codes, number of bedrooms, etc.
“I still recommend that Soldiers and Families inspect a rental property
in person before they enter into a rental agreement, she said.
Soldiers and Families also need to know that Fort McCoy has a waiting
list for on-post housing and it sometimes takes longer to find three-
and four-bedroom homes in the area. The Housing Services Office will
assist Soldiers and Families in finding temporary Family housing while
they are searching for a rental.
For personnel who are interested in buying a home, the Housing Services
Office also has basic referral information for what is available in the
housing market area.
The Housing Management Office partners with the Army Community Service
Relocation Program to offer prospective clients the best and
most-updated information available about completing a move to Fort
The Housing Services Office also compiles data for the annual Basic
Allowance for Housing (BAH) survey including the cost of renting housing
and utilities in the area. The housing data is used as an input to help
determine BAH rates in the Fort McCoy area. This helps eligible
personnel get the maximum amount they are entitled to and to afford the
best-quality housing possible in the area.
For more information about housing referral in the Fort McCoy community,