New tenant bill of rights could mean help for Fort Gordon families living in military housing
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
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AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW / WAGT) – We have a major update when it comes to military housing.
For months, we investigated reports of mold, bugs, electrical issues and safety issues at Fort Gordon.
The problem has moved up the chain of command, and there has been progress in Washington DC.
These are just two pieces of paper, but they are backed by strong brass. This is
– far too afraid to go in front of the camera, but happy to share photos and medical records.
At Fort Gordon and more than 50 other facilities, military housing is owned and operated by
But there are others, and since
, all were in the crosshairs.
“I don’t know if this is just pure incompetence or some sort of fraud – fraud or negligence,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during a hearing on
It officially goes into effect on May 1, arming our military with “15 rights”, but three other “key rights” are still pending: access to maintenance history, the dispute resolution process and restraint. rent until disputes are resolved. .
The latter is important. It was part of the promise a year ago, but it looks like they’re still working on it.
Fort Gordon, meanwhile, thinks outside of his Balfour Beatty Box.
“This is part of a holistic army plan to house our troops on the fort,” said Fort Gordon Garrison Commander Col. Jim Clifford.
For the first time, the Fort is joining forces with another off-post company: ATC Development of Augusta. Clifford himself signed the agreement.
Helena Springs Apartments – 5 miles from the post office – now offers the same benefits of living at the post office: no security deposit, no application fees, no credit checks and no administration fees.
Clifford said these changes were not due to the housing crisis.
“I think no matter what happens with the housing, the overall housing density on the fort is not supporting the overall growth of the facility,” Clifford said.
This growth will be even more apparent when Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty arrives in May, bringing with him his Virginia-based command. In June, Fort Gordon will officially be the Army Cyber Headquarters.
This makes the mission of helping to house members of our military even more critical here.
“A lot of times in this market it’s hard to get something under the Young Soldier’s Housing Allowance,” said Mary Scott.
This is also why Clifford is hoping that other local developers will think of a partnership.
“We’re just looking to see what the best practices are in the military and see how we can incorporate them here at the fort,” Clifford said.
These best practices are designed to help our military families get the best housing possible, leaving the fighting on the battlefield, not the home front.
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