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In an effort to assist soldiers and their families, we have designed a program to assist families with special projects around their home during deployments, unaccompanied tours and dependent restricted tours. We would like to assist during a stressful time and provide extra handyman services to our families that are not considered normal work orders.
A family is eligible for the program while the service member is serving on a deployment, unaccompanied tour or depended restricted tour for one Helping Hands project each month that does not exceed a one-hour time commitment for completion. Helping Hands projects include things such as hanging picture frames, installing baby gates, moving a piece of furniture, etc. To redeem your monthly Helping Hands project, please visit your Community Center to fill out the Helping Hands Program form to initiate the program during the duration of the soldier’s deployment, unaccompanied tour or dependent restricted tour. After you have completed the Helping Hands Program form with your Community Office, you will have the flexibility to contact your Community Office via phone, stop by your Community Office or submit an online work order to request your monthly routine Helping Hands work order.
Again, thank you for your sacrifices and the service you provide to our country. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and to assist our soldiers and families. Please contact your Community Office with additional questions.
April is Month of the Military Child. During this month, we take time to recognize the sacrifices of our military children, and celebrate their strength, courage and resiliency. Our youngest heroes serve by adapting to frequent moves, change of schools, parental deployments, and life transitions.
In conjunction with Month of the Military Child, Purple Up! is an initiative calling the community to show support for children in military families. You can do this by wearing the color purple on April 15th. Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard blue.
Have you ever wondered how military housing companies use your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) dollars? The infographic below shows a broad overview of housing costs associated with BAH and how Corvias Military Living operates.
But let’s take a closer look.
When you live on-base with Corvias your rent includes maintenance services, average use of electricity and/or natural gas, water, sewer, lawn care, pest control, access to community amenities, trash/recycling services, plus other resident services and events. These services and amenities are not always included in the off-post community. We use the BAH funds to cover expenses such as maintenance costs, payroll, fire and police emergency service fees to the installation, utilities, capital improvements, service contractors and the financing fees for the project.
Any remaining BAH dollars are then placed in a reserve account for future projects and upgrades to on-base housing for each project/installation. The Army or Air Force must approve the use of reserve account funds which are to be used for future renovations, capital improvements (roofing, road repairs, or mechanical equipment replacements) or new construction. This step is very different from traditional real estate developers, whose extra income is company profit. It is also different from the way government housing was funded prior to privatization. Prior to these public/private partnerships in military housing, there were no savings accounts for future improvements.
How does Corvias make a profit?
Corvias earns a profit through management and performance-based fees, as determined by both business partners (Army/Air Force and Corvias Military Living) before the beginning of the project. This fee for service is common practice in the property management industry. In order to earn the full fee, Corvias must achieve benchmark goals. These goals include items such as budget, customer satisfaction, occupancy percentage and on-time services. In other words, Corvias does not make money outside of those fees. For example, if money is saved through renegotiating a service contract such as lawn care or pest control, those savings go back into the program through the reinvestment account.
How do BAH rates impact military housing programs?
The uncertainty of force structure, future Base Realignments and Closures and BAH reductions does make it difficult to plan and invest enough for future improvements while maintaining all current services (i.e. expenses). When BAH goes down, we have fewer funds available to maintain and sustain the current level of homes and services. We are looking at options to reduce expenses without a major impact to current quality of life to our residents. What ideas do you have for us to reduce our expenses?
Corvias Military Living would like to salute our military children and show appreciation for all that they do!
Facebook provides an extension of your community and another way for us to better serve you. You will find information about your community, receive important reminders and updates, learn about resources, view housing tips and so much more. Come on over and like Fort Sill On-Post Housing.
Plus, supercharge your social experience with us and like the Corvias Military Living Facebook page as well. We will see you there!
Spring is just around the corner and warmer temperatures in Oklahoma bring increased wasp, bee and hornet activity. Corvias Military Living wanted to take a moment to provide an update to our Pest Control process for wasps, bees and hornets. Beginning April 1, 2016 all work orders for wasps, bees and hornets will be classified as Urgent, allowing up to 72 hours for completion from the time the work order was placed. We are committed to providing excellent maintenance service and assure you that our team is committed to resolving your maintenance request as efficiently as possible. Please feel free to contact your Community Office should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Work Order Priority.
Polluted storm water runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.
- Sediment can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow.
- Sediment also can destroy aquatic habitats.
- Bacteria and other pathogens can wash into swimming areas and create health hazards, often making beach closures necessary.
- Debris—plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and cigarette butts—washed into waterbodies can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.
Household hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can poison aquatic life. Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.
Spouses of active-duty service members are eligible to apply for $5,000 Educational Grants for college. Applications are due May 5 and are available at corviasfoundation.org.
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- Apr.1- April Fool’s Day!
- Apr.8- Pop Over to your Community Office for Popcorn Friday.
- Apr.15- Purple Up! Wear purple in support of our military children.
- Apr. 23-Gary Sinise and the LT. Dan Band Fort Sill Concert; 6pm; Polo Field
- Apr.26- MWR Spouse-A-Palooza; 6-8pm; Fort Sill Main Exchange
- Apr.30- Insane Inflatable 5K; 9am; Polo Field