New website to help with finding off-post housing
December 13, 2013
SEMBACH, Germany -- Installation Management Command Europe officials announced that a new website will replace the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) starting Jan. 1.
The new Off-Post Housing website at www.imcom-europe.army.mil/OPH will provide housing listings and pictures of available rental properties.
The website can be filtered for the available listings associated with any of the Army in Europe housing offices, according to Brian Jost, IMCOM Europe chief of housing.
"OPH permits service members and civilian employees stateside and in local temporary lodging the ability to make preliminary choices and decisions on off-post housing as they work with the housing offices," said Jost. "OPH will not require a CAC (Common Access Card) and therefore, allows the sponsor's family members access to the system."
The creation of the new site comes as a result of the expiration of the Department of Defense contract with AHRN on Dec. 31.
The company that operates the AHRN website recently announced that they will continue the site, but IMCOM Europe officials have noted that AHRN will no longer be an official DoD housing referral system and housing offices will no longer post available listings on AHRN.
"Army housing offices will assist you in finding adequate housing that meets your family's needs," said Jost. "OPH provides service members and their families an opportunity to continue locating houses on-line and reduces the number of trips to the local housing office, but customers are reminded to always contact the housing office prior to signing a lease."
The Army Online User Services at https://www.housing.army.mil is also a good source of information to check for housing information in Army communities.