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Commentary | May 25, 2021

Housing market woes? PPV housing might be your answer

[Editor's Note: This article is one in a series covering various PCS-related topics. Please see the Resources section below for the other articles in the series.]

Public Private Venture (PPV) housing gives you more options to find your next home.  

The Department of Defense partners with private companies in order to provide quality military family housing faster.

PPV housing is owned by a private partner and governed by a business agreement in which the Department of Defense (DoD) has limited rights and responsibilities. The private entity is responsible for managing the construction, renovation, and day-to-day maintenance and services for the community.   

PPV housing may be located on or off government property. Sometimes, it may be former military housing.  

Some benefits of choosing PPV housing are:   

  • Opportunity to pay rent with allotment (rent cost is equal to members' basic allowance for housing)
  • No security deposits for service members when rent is paid by allotment 
  • No application or credit check fees 
  • Lease cannot be denied to a service member due to a negative credit check 
  • Free community events for families and children 
  • Community centers at most locations 
  • Pools at many locations 
  • Neighborhoods located on or close to installations 
  • No charge for “normal” utility use  
  • Maximum rent amount equals BAH (rents may be lower than BAH depending on the location) 
  • Choice of six or 12 month initial lease term, with month to month thereafter (includes military clause) 
  • A property management team that understands the military culture and challenges faced by military spouses and families Locations where USCG members reside in PPV housing.

This table lists all the locations where Coast Guard members reside in PPV housing – it’s not all inclusive, but does a pretty good job of showing you PPV housing in locations where Coast Guard members are assigned. 

You can also visit Military OneSource's PPV directory to see if any other privatized housing is available near your new PDS, although you can't search by Coast Guard location.

For more information about privatized housing, please visit the Facilities Management – Military Housing Privatization Initiative website.