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Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH)

What is it?
The UPH program, like its counterpart Army Family Housing, follows the philosophy of building, maintaining, and operating a worldwide inventory of quality housing at installations for Soldiers. The UPH programs include the Permanent Party Barracks Modernization Program, training barracks, UPH Privatization, First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative (FSBI), furnishings, and the Housing Operations Management System 4 (HOMES4). These programs are supported by the Army Barracks Strategic Plan that is in direct correlation with the Army's vision and mission in the Army Campaign Plan.

The UPH program has a FY09 budget of $2.4 Billion, with $2.2 Billion designated for construction, and $140 Million for the operation and maintenance Training Barracks Upgrade Program (TBUP) of the Army's worldwide inventory of 529,173 barracks spaces.

What has the Army done?
The UPH funds will use $16.5 Million as a contribution to the maintenance, repair and modernization of 196,450 barracks spaces at 96 installations by the end of FY09. The Permanent Party Barracks Program used $12 Million to modernize existing barracks facilities into modernized complexes through the end of FY08. The training barracks program is nearing the 2015 buyout year. Upon completion, $7.3 Million will have been spent to renovate and modernize outdated building configurations and provide amenities that will help to meet the training mission for all components.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The FSBI program was designed to manage permanent party barracks by transferring the responsibility of the day-to-day barracks operations and management from the tenant units to the garrison staff. The civilian staff will be responsible for all room assignments, terminations, barracks spaces inventory, occupant accountability for losses and damages, sustainment funding, and managing a maintenance program. There will be a strong military presence under the FSBI program that will allow for the military to provide charge of quarters duties, conduct health and welfare inspections, and enforce “living standards” (i.e. quiet time, cleanliness, drinking, smoking, and guests). Fort Hood is the pilot site for the FSBI program and in FY09, 18 sites across Europe (Germany, Benelux, and Italy) and 2 stateside installations (Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Campbell, Kentucky) are scheduled to implement FSBI. The HOMES4 is a web-based system that supports Soldiers in all housing management functions including processing in and out from their rooms and assigning furniture. The HOMES4 is currently at 43 installations, with 11 more to be added by the end of FY09.

The Office of the Army Chief of Staff for Installation Management will centrally fund functional and professional development training to ensure that housing employees and career specialists have the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and sustain the Army's increasingly complex portfolio of housing assets, and to provide quality services to support Soldiers' housing needs. Army Housing is building future careerists through recruitment, training and placement of Army Civilian, Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS) interns. In FY08, Army Housing hired eight ACTEDS/Department of the Army interns.

Why is this important to the Army?
The UPH is a readiness issue. Providing a high quality, safe, and healthy residence is a crucial commitment the Army has made to Soldiers. Quality UPH is a key component of efforts to ensure increased retention and higher Soldier morale. When Soldiers are confident that their housing needs have been met, they can then focus on the mission. If these needs are not fulfilled, morale is diminished. It is essential that the Army provide high quality barracks accommodations.

 
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