Hotels Jack Up Rates for Democratic Convention, Evicting Homeless Families in the Process
The Democratic National Convention was exciting for the political elite and those who owned businesses. But one group of people who isn’t happy about the convention coming to Charlotte are poor families that live in hotels. Hotels, eager to chase the cash that comes in from major events like this one, are jacking up the prices of hotel rooms to rates that the local people can no longer afford. Women like Lakia Ramsey are upset because she and her kids were evicted from the $200 per week hotel room that they’d been staying in until she finds a permanent place to live.
Ramsey has a four-year old son and two-year old daughter, and they were all kicked out of the hotel when the rates suddenly jumped to $150 per night.
“They kicked me and my kids out like we were trash,” said Ramsey.
Ramsey found a place to stay at a local church, but there are other families that are concerned about what the DNC has done to their living and housing options.
The United States has hit a poverty crisis that our nation hasn’t seen since the 1960s. The number of families that are homeless went up 40% in 2010 and another 20% in 2011, according to the US Conference of Mayors. Families are struggling to pay the bills, while neither the Democratic nor Republican parties are choosing to speak directly to the issue at their conventions.
“These are folks who are on the edge of homelessness and they’re eking out an existence,” said Dale Mullenix, executive director of the Urban Ministry Center.
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