Community Housing (El Centro)

The Housing Service Center’s trained professionals can help you choose the right housing to meet your needs, whether in Military Family or Unaccompanied Housing or in one of El Centro’s unique neighborhoods. The Housing Service Center (HSC) maintains a current database of available off-base community rental properties for homes, apartments and townhomes. Rental properties listed with the HSC are inspected for suitability by our housing referral professionals.

New Resources Available: If you are looking at renting or buying a home in the local community, there are new resources available on the Community Housing Page is a new official Department of Defense (DoD) website, dedicated to helping Service members, Families, and DOD civilians find housing.

Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT)

Housing Early Application ToolNavy Housing has developed HEAT to assist service members (SVMs) and their families in applying for housing Navywide. HEAT allows SVMs and their families to get the housing application process started at one or more Navy installations online before or after they receive their Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. HEAT is available to any SVM at all Navy installations. HEAT creates an easy user experience to connect with your destination. Spouses can use the application as well, needing only minimal information about their SVM. One of our housing referral professionals will be in touch within 2 business days.

Unaccompanied Personnel

All Unaccompanied Personnel contemplating living off base should make the Housing Service Center (HSC) their first stop. The HSC is ready to help all Unaccompanied Personnel that are authorized to receive BAH to find a home out in town. We maintain affordable listings for single personnel and also offer help with finding a roommate. We will also help you review a lease and in some cases we can offer favorable rents and security deposit agreements. We also can provide support to mediate disputes with landlords or roommates if needed.

Local apartments in the area are generally available, affordable and convenient to the installation. One of the best ways to increase affordability is to share an apartment or house. Our HSC staff can help with tips on how to make your house sharing experience a pleasant one.

Other Important Information

When living in the community, you will be able to draw Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Find your current BAH rate here. If you are interested in purchasing property, the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) provides information and classes on home buying. For additional information, click here.

Property Managers and Owners

To list your rental property or update your current listing with the Navy Housing Referral program,  complete the Property Manager Listing Form and email it back to us at to get the listing process started.

Community Housing Information

Once you find your new home in the community, the HSC is still here to help you. We can review your lease, provide home buying counseling and assist with resolving issues between landlords and tenants. For additional information on how our Housing Service Center can assist you, please call 760-339-2921.

  • HSC Services
  • Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
  • Navy Lodge

Online Resources

The web sites listed below offer additional services that facilitate the search process in the El Centro area.


This does not express or imply the endorsement of the sites listed above or its products by the Navy or any other part of the Federal Government.



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