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Hood Housing Improves

Sign Housing Documents

The LaPorte family signs the first housing agreement on Fort Hood.

Editor’s Note: Fort Hood was one of the first installations to privatize housing. The article appeared in the Sentinel July 5, 2001.

With the stroke of a pen, Lt. Gen. Leon LaPorte, Friday set in motion the process that will change the face of Fort Hood’s family housing for the next 50 years.

LaPorte, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, and his wife, Judy, each signed the first of almost 6,000 housing agreements that all on-post residents will be required to sign as part of the Residential Housing Initiative.

“The Army’s Leadership is committed to providing quality housing for our soldiers with world-class partners,” LaPorte said.

RCI is a 50-year $4 billion partnership between the post and two commercial companies, Lend Lease Actus and Trammell Crow Residential, have extensive experience in large-scale housing development and management. During the first five years of the partnership, Fort Hood Family Housing will spend more than $200 million renovating and replacing housing at the post.

The housing agreements, much like a lease, establish FHFH as the organization responsible for managing on-post housing. Additionally the agreements will begin the allotments of soldiers’ basic allowance for housing, which will fund the program.

On Monday village mayors and community life noncommissioned officers began delivering transition packets to all on-post residents. These packets contain information about the RCI program, the housing agreements and instructions on how to fill out the forms.

Soldiers assigned to the larger units on post - the 4th Infantry Division, 1st CavalryDivision and the 21st Cavalry Brigade - will turn in their agreements at specified locations within their units, while all other soldiers will be required to submit their paperwork to the Housing Office in Bldg. 108 during July.

The spouses of soldiers who are deployed or on temporary duty away from Fort Hood and will not return before Aug. 31 must have a special power of attorney drafted to allow them to sign the agreement that will begin the allotment of the BAH.

For any residents of Fort Hood’s family housing who have questions about RCI, a housing fair will be held Aug. 4, at Bldg. 134 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“This is a great team effort that will bring great results,” LaPorte said.

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