A decision to lease on-base housing to the general public has been made after the occupancy of an Air Force base’s homes dropped below 95% percent.
Minot AFB Homes Community Manager Michael Lahr at Minot Air Force Base said that more off-base housing has opened in Minot due to the “oil slowdown.” He added that Minot AFB Homes has to become “much more creative” to keep its occupancy numbers up.
Earlier this this month, the Army announced it was opening on-base housing at Fort Hood to the general public for similar reasons.
Minot Air Force Base is thirteen miles north of Minot, North Dakota -which reported a total population of 5,521 in the 2010 census.
The base it home to the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing of the Global Strike Command.
While the general public will be invited to apply to lease Minot AFB homes, the company’s main target tenants are military members, their families, retired military members, Department of Defense employees and civil service employees, according to the Minot Daily News.
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