City supports LAAFB family housing
Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB), headquartered in El Segundo, is home of the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Air Force’s center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems, and one of the South Bay’s largest employers. LAAFB’s mission is To Provide Resilient and Affordable Space and Cyberspace Capabilities for the Joint Force and the Nation. Every day, over 3,000 military, civilians, and contractors come to work at the El Segundo base to fulfill on that mission.
To support LAAFB in enhancing their mission effectiveness, creating efficiencies, and/or economies of scale, a leadership committee, the Los Angeles Air Force Base Community Partnership Leadership Committee (LACP) was formed. The committee consists of the Commander of the 61st Air Base Group, the Mayor of El Segundo, and a Redondo Beach City Councilmember. The partnership provides an ongoing framework to identify requirements and needs among the partners and to develop collaborative opportunities to increase LAAFB’s ability to contribute to the Department of Defense’s future mission capabilities, support economic vitality, and quality of life of the LAAFB personnel and their families.
Empower & Enable
The Housing Partnership Program is one of many opportunities to meet the needs and requirements identified by the LACP. The rise in the housing costs in the Greater Los Angeles area over recent years has made it difficult for military members and their families to find attainable housing and rental options that meet their needs. This includes finding housing that is within the military member’s allotted Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), as well as having to cover security deposits. To empower and enable the men and women of the LAAFB, the City of El Segundo and LAAFB have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). It establishes the LAAFB Housing Partnership Program that offers military members transitioning to LAAFB a list of participating apartment/housing leasing managers who provide financial relief for housing costs and fees to military members. The purpose, authority, general info, and concept of operations are called out in greater detail in the attached MOU.
You are Invited
We invite you to join us to support our nation’s heroes! The City and LAAFB are developing a campaign to increase awareness and to encourage El Segundo property owners to offer service members reasonable rental rates along with other benefits such as waiving security deposits, application fees, and offer rates in line with military members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH). Landlords also would include language in rental agreements allowing personnel to terminate leases early if they are issued orders to deploy, separate or relocate.
“We are honored to partner with those who serve our country. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I understand that enabling our military to fulfill their mission is of the utmost importance. We look forward to working with Los Angeles AFB to enhance the quality of life for military personnel and their families.”
–Drew Boyles, Mayor of El Segundo
El Segundo Property Owners | If you are an El Segundo property owner and wish to participate, please contact: Mickie Tagle at MTagle@ElSegundo.org or 310-524-2303
Thank you. We look forward to your partnership.
Photo credit: LAAFB