Fort Lewis, WA Housing and Relocation Information

    Housing Information
    The military provides two options for the use of your BAH. Basic Allowance For Housing (BAH)
    The first option is living on post. Your second option is using your BAH to rent or buy a home off post. We provide you with military friendly information to help you maximize your BAH. 

    Fort Lewis On Post Housing  

    • The Unaccompanied Housing Office (253) 982-7479 is reserved for airmen in the ranks of E1-E3 and E4 with less than 3 years of service. The Unaccompanied Housing for permanent party has seven dorms that are located in two campuses. You are provided with private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. 

    • The Housing Services Office (253) 967-3581. Contact the HMO Office as soon as you know you are moving. You will be provided with the latest information on local housing as well as referral services and relocation assistance. The HMO offers counseling and guidance before entering into a lease agreement, housing referrals as well as resolving tenant-landlord dispute.   

    • JBLM on post housing is privatized and operated by Lincoln Military Housing. Lewis-McChord Communities (253) 912-2112 offers over 20 different communities of 2-4 bedroom homes based on rank and family size. Your BAH covers your rent, maintenance, emergency maintenance, average utilities, trash and recycling. 


    Fort Lewis, WA Off Post Housing

    1114 South 18th street 5 Bed / 1 Bath / 2,000 Sq.Ft. / $2,200 | Home for Rent 7.7 miles from I Street Gate

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    Surrounding Areas
    Tacoma, Washington is the closest major city to JBLM. Tacoma has about 200,000 people, and is surrounded by several small cities and other small communities within a 15 minute commute, including Lakewood, Spanaway, Parkland, Dupont, and Roy. Further away, within a half hour, are Steilacoom, Puyallup, Graham, Lacey, and Yelm. The cities south of JBLM are Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Dupont, and Yelm. The cities north of JBLM are: Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, University Place, and Tacoma. 

    About Fort Lewis
    Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) was formed when Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base were merged in January 2010 to become one of twelve joint bases in the United States. JBLM is under the jurisdiction of the United States Army Joint Base Garrison, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is home to Gray Army Airfield which deploys helicopters for search and rescue missions on Mount Rainier. Lewis-McChord is also home to the 627th Air Base Group and the 62nd Airlift Wing. Other tenant commands include the 446th Airlift Wing, the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This base is divided into a north and south section which includes live firing ranges and close-in training areas. The Yakima Training Center is a satellite location for Joint Base Lewis-McChord. For more information click here.