2012 DNC: Motels in Charlotte force homeless families into streets and shelters by jacking up rates
“CHARLOTTE — Don’t try to tell Lakia Ramsey the Democratic National Convention is a boon for her city.
The influx of out-of-towners has sparked a crisis for the 26-year-old homeless mom and dozens of others like her.
Eager to cash in on the thousands streaming into town, many down-market motels have jacked up their rates, forcing the homeless families who had been living in them into the streets and emergency shelters.
Ramsey’s home over the past three months had been a dingy, $200-a-week lodge. But she and her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter were abruptly sent packing last week after the motel started charging $150 a night.
‘They kicked me and my kids out like we were trash,’ said Ramsey, who found refuge at a church….”
Now meet Steven Cherry. Cherry and his wife, Belinda Cherry, are homeless. They were residing at the Arlington Suites Motel but…
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