NAS Whidbey conducting housing conditions survey following Reuters report

Leaders at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island want to hear about concerns military families in base housing may have about their homes and the response from property management.

Following a Navy-wide directive, commands at NAS Whidbey are contacting all sailors living in “public private venture,” or PPV, housing to find out if they feel the housing is satisfactory, according to NAS Whidbey public affairs.

The directive follows a report by the Reuters news service revealing atrocious conditions for some military families nationwide, including pervasive lead poisoning risks for children and houses overrun with mold spores.

Thomas Mills, deputy public affairs officer at NAS Whidbey, said base leaders aren’t aware of any significant concerns with housing on the base.

“But they haven’t reached 100 percent of the people yet,” he said.

Hunt Military Communities manages base housing at NAS Whidbey.

In a letter to sailors, Rear Adm. Scott Gray, commander of Navy Region Northwest, wrote that the leadership’s primary tool for assessing the performance of Hunt is through annual satisfaction surveys.

“While certainly not perfect, the results of these annual surveys, overall, indicate that Hunt is doing a pretty good job,” the letter states.

Military housing is especially important on Whidbey, where affordable housing can be scarce.

A total of 1,495 family homes are available at NAS Whidbey; that’s a significant percentage of housing in Oak Harbor, a city with a population of around 23,000.

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