- May 7, 2012
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Housing officials at Patrick AFB have succeeded in filling most of the base’s vacant homes after opening the units to military retirees and the general public. Currently 94 percent of the homes at the installation located on Florida’s Space Coast are occupied, with 38 percent of the units occupied by retirees, reports Florida Today. At one point, 230 out of 453 homes were vacant, primarily due to the depressed real estate market and economy, and the loss of two Air Force units. The Air Force agreed to the request of Hunt Military Communities, which owns and manages the Patrick housing, to rent the homes to non-active-duty personnel and civilians. There are only 9 units occupied by the general public, a number that likely won’t climb much higher as the base housing will be closed to civilians once occupancy reaches 95 percent.