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NAPLES, Italy — If you’re a junior enlisted sailor with a family — but no dog — and you’re moving to Naval Support Activity, Naples, plan on living in government housing.

Any rumors to the contrary are just false, base officials said.

With the occupancy rate of junior enlisted hovering around 80 percent, the rate is too low to have the government foot the bill to have people live on the economy, said Linda Crusing, the base housing director.

The housing policy mandates that sailors E-1 to E-5 who qualify for a two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, basically anyone with a dependent, and who do not have a dog or more than two cats, must live in on-base housing if there is availability.

Though officers and enlisted sailors E-6 and above are not required to do the same, most do, and the base housing occupancy rate for those is around 98 percent, Crusing said.

Also, by June 1, the command no longer will lease the 25 two- and three-bedroom houses in the parco Tricone government housing complex in Pozzuoli. The change is because of security concerns and power surges that have damaged people’s electronic equipment, Crusing said.

Through attrition, only 11 families remain. Next week, they will scope out a new housing complex, parco Artemide near Lago Patria, to select their new houses. The new parco will have 24 three-bedroom, three-bath houses, though only 16 will be available in the coming months because of faulty construction that causes some garages to flood.

The builder is fixing the problem, which could take two to three months, Crusing said.

Last fall, in an effort to fill up empty units at the support site base at Gricignano, the command began paying the moving costs for sailors with families who wanted to move from the economy into base housing.

Then, earlier this year, the base announced civilians and contractors with families who are coming to or are already in Naples could move into available enlisted apartments at the support site.

The move means they forfeit living quarters allowances, which varies depending on pay grade. Those who do not receive the LQA, such as contractors, pay rent. The Navy will pay to have them move from the economy to the support site, but won’t pay for storage of excess household goods, community support director Ellen Spirito has said.

In spite of the incentives and changes, Crusing said, “surprisingly” few people have taken the housing office up on the offer.

“Units tend to be bigger [on the economy],” she said, adding many prefer to experience the culture by living among Italians.

The handful of people who have requested to move to the support site cited as reasons Naples’ high petty crime rate and being near services such as the commissary, exchange, hospital and schools, Crusing said.


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