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Tracy and her children


You can have a roof over your head and still be considered homeless. These days, a growing number of families are turning to ‘weekly rate’ hotels as a way to stay off the streets. But […]

Tracy and her children

You can have a roof over your head and still be considered homeless.

These days, a growing number of families are turning to ‘weekly rate’ hotels as a way to stay off the streets. But don’t let the roof fool you, many of these motels-turned-homes are shoddy, small, and unkempt. Hardly ideal living conditions for any person, nevermind young children.

Tracy and her four children are one of the thousands of families across the U.S. who call a motel “home.” Although their living situation is not ideal, Tracy says it is an upgrade over the last motel room they lived in. Her husband works full-time, but Tracy cannot find a job, so the motel room is the only housing they can afford.

Seems every weekly rate hotel I have ever visited is horrible. Besides being run down, most places are filled with drug dealers, criminal activity and are unfit for children. It’s easy to understand why Tracy wants a better environment for her kids.

Special thanks to Mobile Loaves and Fishes

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  • http://www.donortools.com Chris Dumas

    Wow.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I am still contemplating what this video was. I was really touched by the kids hanging on Tracy.

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  • http://tangobaby2.blogspot.com/ tangobaby

    Thank you so much for posting this story. I know first hand exactly about this… a few months ago I encountered a young homeless family begging for money as they were going to be kicked out of their hotel the next day.

    I did not know quite what to do but after meeting them, I wrote a story and help from the blogosphere helped them so much. The shelters in SF are not able to help enough people.

    This is the beginning of their story:

    http://tangobaby2.blogspot.com/2009/04/please-please-please-let.html

    Happily, I can say that tomorrow they are moving into their new apartment. The motel they lived in for months was difficult and a very hard way to live, but I am so thankful to have met them and now can see they will have a home of their own. Thank you for this blog and what you do.

  • http://lifeonwards.com/blog John

    So many people don’t know enough about what families go through when resorting to weekly rooms for their kids.

    Although the audio wasn’t available for this video, Tracy’s message is getting through.

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  • Crystal

    I live in an extended stay hotel n Houston, tx with my two year old daughter and my husband. I work full-time at a restaurant and my husband is a painter, I also go to college online full time. We can barely afford living her because we pay $220 a week for 300ft of living space, but we can not afford to get into anything else and we have been here for about 8 months. This place is filled with drug heads and prostitutes, we do not associate with the others who live here. I am ashamed because the people I work with know that we live here and I work so hard to just keep a roof over my daughters head. I went yesterday to try to donate plasma and was turned away because I reside here, even though I pay a lot of money to live here. I feel like less of a person for living here. I am 23 years old.

  • mirabella

    My husband and I, along with our two cats, live in a weekly rate motel in Vinita, OK. I was a social worker. I had a nervous breakdown and am on disability for mental reasons. My husband is likewise in the process of applying for disability. I went from carrying Fossil wallets to getting my toilet paper and towels from the front desk. I am blessed to have what I have though, as it could always get worse. Low cost housing either has application fees here, which I can’t afford, or the ones that don’t, through HUD, do credit checks—which I do not pass. There is no savings for utility deposits and such–no first, last and security. It has taught me humility. Before working as a social worker, I worked as an English and Drama teacher in England.