A One-of-a-Kind Community, a Kind and Caring Mission
The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) is a nonprofit organization whose core mission is to provide a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Airmen. Located along the beautiful Emerald Coast of northwest Florida in Shalimar near Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, apartments are available at Bob Hope Village, our independent living community, and at Hawthorn House, our assisted living and memory care residence located on the Bob Hope Village campus.
Residents of Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House must be 55 years of age or older. When space is available, the following are eligible for residency at Bob Hope Village or Hawthorn House:
- Surviving spouses of retired enlisted members of all U.S. military branches
- Married couples with one or both being a retired enlisted U.S. airman
- Married couples with one or both being a retired enlisted U.S. military member
- Mothers of active duty and retired enlisted U.S. airmen
- In the event of the death of the active duty enlisted U.S. Air Force sponsor, surviving spouses under the age of 55 may be admitted for a maximum of one year to meet emergency needs
Although the Air Force Enlisted Village has expanded to provide a home for members of our military family, surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Airmen continue to be the focus for our nonprofit organization. The retired enlisted U.S. Air Force surviving spouse with the greatest need is given priority to move to Bob Hope Village or Hawthorn House.
Low pay and frequent military moves leave some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or significant assets. Air Force surviving spouses requiring financial assistance live at Bob Hope Village or Hawthorn House among peers sharing memories of military life without the stigma normally associated with subsidized housing. At Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House, all staff treat our beloved residents with the respect they would reserve for their own moms.
The Air Force Enlisted Village is one of four official charities of the U.S. Air Force and is an affiliate of the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign that takes place February through May each year at all U.S. Air Force installations. The Air Force Enlisted Village is also one of seven worthy charities of the Air Force Sergeants Association.
To learn more about the Air Force Enlisted Village or for questions regarding eligibility for residency at Bob Hope Village or Hawthorn House, kindly call us toll free at 800-258-1413.
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