Low Income Families Dumped Into Streets To Make Room For DNC?

Posted on September 5, 2012

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North Carolina (Rich Shapiro-New York Daily News) – 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.

Lakia Ramsey of Charlotte was paying about $200 a week at a local motel before local businesses increased their rates because of the Democratic National Convention. Ramsey and her young kids had to move out. Image James Kievom NYDN.

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.

The plight of Ramsey’s family and others like it are inflicting added pressure on a shelter system that’s already beyond capacity.

Read more:     http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/down-market-motels-charlotte-jack-rates-dnc-forcing-homeless-families-streets-emergency-shelters-article-1.1152162