JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Constant moving is a reality of military life, but the Army has had a pretty efficient way of helping newcomers find off-post housing, partnering with a referral website.
The Army would go out and inspect housing and give the stamp of approval to the website known as the Automated Housing Referral Network. But starting January 1st, that contract ends and the Army is starting its own site. The problem is, the Army's site won't be ready until at least the summer.
The referral network will still be active, but it won't be able to show which places are Army approved.
So for the meantime, anyone moving to the North Country, will have to contact Drum's Army Community Housing Office directly.
"It's going to be a bit cumbersome, I think at first, and it's going to be a little bit harder because you won't be able to do a fancy search for a two bedroom with three car garage and two bathrooms and a big backyard in the Carthage School District that you can right now no AHRN, but it'll work and I think it'll work well," said William Bamann, RCI Program Manager/Housing Division Chief.
For more information on all of this, you can call Drum's Community Housing Office at (315) 772-3318. That office hopes to have a small database of Army approved housing on Drum's official website by the end of January.