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May 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm
We PCS’d to Bliss in Jan 2009 and were lucky enough to get housing within 24hrs. We accepted a house in the 801 housing area, which is located off post in the NE. We accepted the house “as is” but aside from the walls not being freshly painted and the floors not being buffed/waxed, it was fine. I personally hate moving into a house that still reeks of paint fumes and with 3 kids and a 4th on the way, we refused to spend the 3wks they said it would take to get into another house. The neighborhood isn’t bad by any means and the school is within walking distance. I’m sure there are other places that are better to live, however due to BAH being low and the rates for rentals being so high, it was our best option.
They seem to have deemed this housing area (801) as the step-child of the housing office. Everything about seems to be seperate from management to location. I have had nothing but problems as far as trying to get repairs done and trying to contact someone in the office is like pulling teeth! I’ve heard every excuse in the book when it comes to major repairs (like our leaky roof) and have gotten little as far as results go. Everything with these homes seems to need a contractor to be fixed and with that you rarely get a follow-up call, and when you do the appointments never happen. I will give credit where it’s due and say that the maintenance workers are fantastic! I’ve never had a problem when they do come, but calling for a work order is just plain awful! Take my advice- make sure you get a work order number and do NOT lose it until the work has been completed! They often don’t log the repair in the computer and I’ve spent a few days waiting for workers that had no idea they were supposed to come to our house! We are currently trying to clear housing and we are now in a battle about the floors- they are demanding that we buff/wax them even though it states this wasn’t done upon move in. While I do leave the house in better condition than I received it, I am frustrated over this as the expense comes from my pocket, not theirs.
As of now, this housing area doesn’t seem to be an option anymore. We were told in Nov 2010 that the Army leases these homes from an outside company and the lease would be up in spring 2011. We’ve gotten no other information but given that this area is now about 60% empty and the housing wait list is 6-12mths, I think it’s safe to say they are just clearing folks out and not bringing new ones in. If they do decide to rent them back out, just beware.