One of the long-closed Motels in Kissimmee on U.S. Highway 192 is being brought back to life as a permanently affordable housing development called the Backlot Apartments.
The Travelodge once welcomed weary travelers making their way to the area around the Walt Disney World.
Just a half-mile west of the proposed Margaritaville Resort on U.S. 192, the Backlot Apartments rentals will be mostly efficiencies with hot-plate cooking and rents of $750, utilities included, which is considered affordable on an income of about $25,000. Food-service workers in the metro area earn a midpoint wage of $26,050, according to the federal government.
Osceola counties ranked third nationally for its lack of housing for extremely low-income residents, according to a study released earlier this year by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. With just 18 rentals available for every 100 very low-income families, only Las Vegas and Los Angeles had a bigger shortfall.
The only requirements to live at Backlot Apartments are to have a job or be disabled. But it is an effort to start the ball rolling in Osceola County to offer some of the families perpetually stuck in those motels off U.S. Route 192 a fighting chance to some sense of normalcy and a home
ONE STOP HOUSING – BACKLOT APARTMENTS8600 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34747
407-274-0390 Main Kissimmee Property Manager Frank