Fort Leonard Wood Homes recently announced that a limited number of on-post Family homes are available for rent by military retirees, Department of Defense civilians, Gold Star Families, single-service members and civilians with no affiliation to the military.

A mixture of two, three- and four-bedroom units in the Stonegate Neighborhood are for rent; however, inventory will fluctuate based on the demands of active-duty service members, who have first priority for all Family housing.

Interested applicants must successfully complete comprehensive credit, criminal and background checks.

"There has been a decrease in occupancy for certain home styles and neighborhoods within Family housing at Fort Leonard Wood," said Shawna Swanson, community manager for Fort Leonard Wood Homes.

"If homes are not being filled by active-duty personnel, we offer opportunities for other eligible renters, who pass our screening process, to live in one of these homes. Occupied homes make for a more vibrant community and also ensure adequate funding is in place to sustain ongoing renovations to the property, as well as new homes and amenities for our residents," added Swanson.

The advantages of living on-post are many, according to Swanson. Most utilities are included in monthly rental, and there are no hook-up fees. Curbside trash pick-up, recycle pick-up and water-usage charges are also included in the monthly rent.

Additionally, all upkeep and regular yard and home maintenance is provided, including 24-hour emergency services.

Other amenities for eligible residents include community centers with fitness facilities, playgrounds, outdoor pavilions, sports courts, pools, splash parks and a dog park.

Additionally, eligible residents also benefit from on-post housing being close to post facilities.

Monthly rental rates for non-active duty are based on market rental rates and the specific home style.

Fort Leonard Wood now joins the ranks of many other military installations around the country that are already leasing Family homes to military retirees and other resident classes.

"The ability to live on post at Fort Leonard Wood is a truly unique opportunity," Swanson said. "We look forward to welcoming new residents to our community."

Families interested in moving into Fort Leonard Wood homes can ask for information from the Fort Leonard Wood Homes leasing office at 573.329.0122 or online at www.fortleonardwoodhomes.com.

As stated, applicants from the newly eligible category will be required to pass installation background checks and meet credit and income requirements.