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Innovative Victory Village for Homeless Families

Published on: Oct 2, 2013

Osceola County, Florida - By converting an old, outmoded hotel into affordable and safe housing for families, officials hope Victory Village will take the battle against homelessness to a new level, helping many families in their fight for a better quality of life.

"No one has done a project like this before. We hope that providing affordable apartments that are close to where residents work and go to school will help the hard-working citizens of Osceola County, who have had to battle historic economic hardships over the last few years," said County Commissioner Michael Harford. "This project is also another step in redefining this section of U.S. Highway 192. We've taken a blighted property and turned into a real asset for our community. At the same time we've created a place that 20 families can call home."

Using public and private funding, the old Four Winds Hotel was converted into a 20-unit apartment complex designed to address Osceola County's need for permanent housing for very-low and low-income homeless families. The focus is on those currently living in hotels and motels along the West 192 corridor.

A unique aspect of the project is that the location allows families to live on a major bus line so they can have adequate transportation to work and services. The project was a joint effort with Osceola County, HUD, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity through its Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

In August 2012, the County Commission selected The Transition House as the developer of the project. Theobald Construction was the general contractor responsible for the rehabilitation of the property.

"For the past 20 years The Transition House has offered services and housing to veterans. It is an honor to partner with HUD, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Osceola County to be able to provide permanent and safe housing to our county's homeless families. We believe Victory Village will open the door to a brighter future for them," said Tom Griffin, the CEO and President of the Transition House.

Applications will be taken over the next 2-3 weeks and it is expected that the first residents will move in by the beginning of November, officials said.

Total project budget was approximately $1.8 million. Additional services and community resources will be accessible to the tenants at the Community Hope Center of Osceola, which is a one stop resource center next door to the property.

Rental units range from one to three bedrooms. Victory Village includes a playground, laundry and community center. For more information call 407-742-8411.

Watch the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony that took place on October 1st, 2013 by clicking this link!

About The Transition House, Inc.

The Transition House, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization started by Thomas Griffin, Ph.D. in October 1993 in St. Cloud as a halfway house providing substance abuse treatment and transitional housing for men in Osceola County. The 12-bed facility filled a growing need for services to this disenfranchised population. During the first years, The Transition House built its reputation for assisting homeless men with alcohol or drug abuse diagnoses that addressed not only these issues, but prepared clients for their return to society as productive and self-sustaining members of the community.

The Transition House was selected by the Veterans Administration as a partner to begin assisting the growing number of homeless male veterans that were living in homeless tent camps and on the streets of Central Florida. Recognized for the outstanding service provided to its clients, The Transition House, Inc., continues to be a contracted VA Per Diem program serving veterans on their road to recovery and integration back in to society.


Develan Innovadores Apartamentos para Familias Desamparadas

Condado de Osceola, Florida - Oficiales del Condado de Osceola esperan que la conversión de un viejo hotel en vivienda asequible y segura llamado Victory Village contrarreste la batalla contra la falta de vivienda a un nuevo nivel, ayudando a muchas familias en su lucha por una mejor calidad de vida.

"Nadie ha hecho un proyecto como este y esperamos que ofreciendo apartamentos asequibles que están cerca de donde los residentes trabajan y van a la escuela ayudará a los ciudadanos del Condado de Osceola que trabajan a diario fuertemente, quienes han tenido que luchar contra dificultades económicas en los últimos años,” dijo el Comisionado del Condado Michael Harford. "Este proyecto es también un paso más en la redefinición de esta sección del Autopistas US 192. Hemos tomado una propiedad que estaba en ruinas y la hemos convertido en un bien para nuestra comunidad. Al mismo tiempo hemos creado un lugar al cual 20 familias pueden llamar hogar."

Utilizando fondos públicos y privados, el Hotel Four Winds fue convertido en un complejo de apartamentos de 20 unidades diseñado para abordar la necesidad del Condado de Osceola de vivienda permanente para familias desamparadas de muy bajos o bajos niveles de ingresos. El enfoque está en los que actualmente viven en hoteles y moteles del corredor del oeste de la 192.

Un aspecto único del proyecto es que la localización de los apartamentos permite a las familias a vivir en un área que tiene gran presencia de autobuses para que tengan servicios y transporte adecuado para trabajar. El desarrollo del proyecto se debió a un esfuerzo común entre el Condado de Osceola, HUD y el Departamento de Oportunidades Económicas de Florida a través de su Programa de Estabilización de Vecindarios.

En agosto del 2012, la Comisión del Condado, selecciono The Transition House como el desarrollador del proyecto. El contratista general lo fue Construcciones Theobal y tuvo a su cargo la rehabilitación de la propiedad.

"Durante los pasados 20 años The Transition House ha ofrecido servicios y vivienda a veteranos. Es un honor el trabajar en conjunto con HUD, Departamento de Oportunidades Económicas de Florida y el Condado Osceola para proveer una vivienda permanente y segura a las familias sin hogar de nuestro condado. Creemos que Victory Village abrirá las puertas a un mejor futuro para estas familias,” dijo Tom Griffin, Director Ejecutivo y Presidente de The Transition House.

Las solicitudes serán recibidas en las próximas 2-3 semanas y se espera que los primeros residentes se muden a principios de noviembre, dijeron funcionarios. El presupuesto total del proyecto fue de aproximadamente $1.8 millones. Servicios adicionales y recursos comunitarios serán accesibles a los inquilinos en el Hope Center, que es un centro de recursos completos al lado de la propiedad.

Las unidades de alquiler se componen de uno a tres dormitorios. Victory Village incluye un parque infantil, servicio de lavandería y centro comunitario. Para más información llame al 407-742-8411.