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Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:17 PM

 

What happens when a motel becomes home



By Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova
November 02, 2016 | 2:44 PM

The role of the roadside motel has changed over the years from an inexpensive place to stay when traveling to a place some people feel they cannot escape because they have nowhere else to go.

These residential motels as their known caught the eye of Kent State sociology Professor Christopher Dum. He decided to live in a motel he calls The Boardwalk for a year and listen to the stories of the people who live there.

Dum's new book compiling these stories is titled "Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Motel.

Note: the names of people and places Dum uses are pseudonyms.

https://www.marketplace.org/2016/11/02/world/what-happens-when-motel-becomes-home

Audio at link.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:23 PM

1. this is a professional article, and the writer does not know the difference between "their"

and "there are"??

have seen some motel rooms that are actually larger than studios. the benefit is no credit check, no deposit, no first, last and security.

we have to do something truly helpful for all these people.

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:26 PM

3. Blame it on the proofreader.

 

Most of these motels are no prize. Did you hear the part about the routine code violations? In the smaller, rural counties with minimal social services, these hotels are the shelters.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:25 PM

2. Writers should know better

These residential motels as their known

Should be

These residential motels as they're known

That's a pretty big error to me. I mean, for an article at some blog.

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Response to padfun (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:27 PM

4. Geez, people are starving.

 

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Response to rug (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:30 PM

5. and we can still notice, and comment, on a lack of literacy.

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Response to niyad (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:31 PM

6. You are also free to polish caskets.

 

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Response to rug (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:36 PM

7. wow-- such a charming response.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:45 PM

8. Refugees are put in apartments------why aren't these people? I don't get it.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:47 PM

9. I really think it's budgetary.

 

It's easier to have a contract with a motel, using the operating budget, than to use the capital budget to build apartments.

They don't give a shit.

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Response to rug (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:52 PM

10. The refugees are treated like royalty by

Catholic Charities,and other groups-------that's what I don't understand.

Just infuriating.

http://www.ccab.org/?q=refugee-services

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Response to virgogal (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 2, 2016, 09:58 PM

11. I don't begrudge them. But I have no sympathy for the governments' housing policies.

 

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Response to rug (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 07:34 AM

12. The simple fact is that our entire economy is based on debt

The government is working to keep it that way and expand it. Tax money could easily be used to build affordable housing but then there would be a drop in average housing prices due to the reduced demand and no mortgages to profit the bankers. The government secured loans backed by FHA (and other programs) generate revenue, government jobs and ensure that the mortgage market continues to grow.

In most states hotels/motels are taxed heavily often close to or at 15%. There is time period after which the facility is treated as a residence and the tax is no charged. In areas (large cities like Los Angeles county) where many are homeless or close to it there is also the problem that once you establish residence, the courts become involved in removing those who don't/won't/can't pay. Hotels and motels often won't let you stay to establish residence, at least not "officially". The time to establish residence is between 30 and 90 days. Often these places have rooms that are 400 - 600 sq. ft. and have 2 queen size beds. They're furnished, include utilities and have housekeeping service.

There ought to be a program finance these places followed by a transition to an even lower priced more residential place.

The American dream is a 3-4 bedroom 2+ bath house. Those that have them are paying dearly for them in both sales price and mortgage interest. Once housing become affordable, many folks with mortgages find themselves with homes worth less than they paid.

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 10:50 AM

13. There's a lot of truth in that.

 

It seems designed to drive us into debt.

Now, it's tens of thousands in student debt.

If you get past that, it's hundreds of thousands more for a mortgage which will last your working life.

Then you're a prisoner of your pension, if any, and your SS check.

All the while they get richer and we grow more mute.

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Response to rug (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 3, 2016, 05:22 PM

14. Debt is the true enemy here

Mortgages make up about 75% of all personal debt in the US, now estimated at a bit over $14 trillion. Second after mortgages are student loans at almost $1.4 trillion. That makes up about 8% of US personal debt.

We have almost 25 million folks in the workforce who aren't unemployed that pay no taxes. So that means 24,999,999 people work but don't even make enough to owe taxes on their earnings. (The other 1 is trump.)

Why are almost 1 in 6 workers underemployed?

Now I'm more depressed.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sat Nov 26, 2016, 03:35 AM

15. Thanks Rug

article speaks for itself, yet loses half the fear.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2019, 11:32 AM

16. I lived for 3months in a motel 6

Because my sisters sold the house I was supposed to inherit. Mom made a stupid financial move,bought a house in Galax that was on a flood plane,in a very poor isolated town, when she bought it she was 85. She had a 30 year mortgage She declined quickly and my aunt takes care of her now.
What kind of fuckface gives a 30 year mortgage on a piece of shit house to someone 85 years old?
A scummy brokerage.

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