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Posted 3/19/2008   Updated 3/19/2008 Email story   Print story


from the 14th Civil Engineer Squadron Housing Office
Special to Silver Wings

3/19/2008 - COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. -- Everybody knows it's difficult to find good housing from across the nation or sometimes from across town. It's an old story that has a new ending: The Columbus AFB Housing Welcome Center is implementing a new internet-based housing referral system to overcome that problem. It's is a nationwide, joint service, DoD-sponsored website that offers a 24/7/365 single source of available housing to incoming military and their families. directly connects service members with local property managers via the internet often facilitating a door-to-door move that saves time, expenses and headaches.

"This housing referral network is a quantum leap forward from the process we use in our office and the word-of-mouth (sponsor) method," said Kay Quinlan, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron Housing.

With the internet, incoming military and families are able to reach out from anywhere and get an updated list of available housing, from a much larger pool of diverse properties, which will be available upon their arrival.

The idea behind is simple: free of charge, local property managers and military register their available properties on the site, often several months before the property will be available. These properties are then easily visible to incoming personnel when they search the site for available housing.

"It's our job to promote the site to all local stakeholders to ensure that it builds momentum and synergy," said Ms. Quinlan.

The Columbus AFB Housing Welcome Center is looking forward to expanding its program by encouraging local property managers to register in the system.

"The larger the database, the more useful it will be to people searching for places to live," Ms. Quinlan said. To make registering properties a worry-free proposition, incorporates several layers of privacy protection.

In return for registering their properties, provides property owners with a consistent resource of quality tenants. "It's a win-win for everyone who uses the site," says Ms. Quinlan.

It is available to all service members who are supported by the Columbus AFB.

For more detailed information about the local website, call Kay Quinlan at 434-2840, or visit the website at to list or search for property.

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