Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"A record number of families are being put up in motels in Massachusetts. High unemployment and the rising number of home foreclosures is the reason the state is taking this action. Housing Massachusetts’ homeless is costing tax payers around $2 million per month. It costs an average of $85 per night to have families, including nearly 1000 children, stay in motels. The Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness admits that the use of motels for the homeless is not ideal, but is the best that can be done at this time. Homeless advocates are worried that families are not getting the support of shelters with living rooms, kitchens, and play areas." I see this situation everyday in my town. One such establishment was closed in a neighboring town because of incidents of fighting and drug dealings , read about nightly in the newspaper. Where will these young mothers and babies live when the money stops? And who does own these motels? And the money will run out as the jobs have, as the companies have.