FLAG VOICE 384
In November 2012, Flag Voice 363 announced the promulgation of policy mandating assignment to government-controlled housing outside of the continental United States (OCONUS), because it was the right thing to do for our people and for our Service.
Prior to reestablishing policy mandating the use of Coast Guard-owned housing within the continental United States (CONUS), an in-depth analysis of the right-sized housing inventory at our more than 100 Coast Guard-owned housing sites within CONUS needed to be completed. Local housing officers inspected all of our CONUS homes to verify their status as adequate (suitable for occupancy), inadequate (fails to meet basic habitability criteria), pending renovation (requires repairs prior to occupancy), or pending divestiture (excess to Coast Guard housing needs and awaiting sale or demolition). During March and April 2013, with CG-13, PSC, DOL, and FORCECOM oversight, the area housing officers validated the status of the entire Coast Guard-owned family housing inventory and followed up by ensuring the validated information is reflected in the Housing Management Information System (HMIS). With the housing inventory validation now complete, we are prepared to commence assignment to all adequate, Coast Guard-owned housing next assignment season, assignment year 2014 (AY14). This policy renewal is focused on our responsibility for the welfare of Coast Guard families and our responsibility to be good financial stewards. With the influence of today's declining budget, we simply cannot allow such a large number of valuable housing assets to remain vacant.
Beginning in AY14, all members in receipt of permanent change of station orders will be required to submit an Application for Assignment to Military Housing, Form CG-5267, to their new unit's housing officer prior to receipt of final orders. Housing officers will assign members to government housing in conjunction with a PCS move, when housing is available and adequate. Policy for CONUS assignments will closely mirror OCONUS policy prescribed in ALCOAST 016/13, including exceptions for homeowners and families with special family or medical needs; both CONUS and OCONUS elements will be incorporated in the new COMDTINST M11101.13E, Coast Guard Housing Manual.
This is a significant change to the non-mandatory housing policy that has been in place for over three years. This may become an emotional sea change for some of our members and their families, but it is the appropriate action beginning in AY14. I seek your support in communicating this change to our people. Thank you!
Any questions about the mandatory assignment to housing policy may be directed to Ms. Melissa Fredrickson, Chief of Housing Programs (CG-1223), at
Rear Admiral D. A. Neptun
D. A. NEPTUN
Rear Admiral, USCG
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 6/21/13