Democratic National Convention to leave hundreds homeless
As the Republican National Convention takes off in Tampa, the upcoming Democratic National Convention is in the spotlight over skyrocketing accommodation prices that are forcing many low-income Charlotte families out of the motels where they live.
Unemployed and low-income Charlotte residents often live in cheap motels – sometimes with whole families occupying a single room. And as the upcoming DNC prompts motel costs to rise, some motel residents will have no choice but to check out.
“I work all day for $60,” Eric Jones, who predicts that each night in his motel room could end up costing his full daily income, told the Los Angeles Times. “Why am I going to pay $60 for a room? Then I won’t have enough to spend on food or anything.”
But a room at the Sunset Inn, which is usually priced between $35 to $40 a night, will increase to $250 a night during the DNC, WCNC.com reports. On average, Charlotte’s room prices will increase by 109 percent during the convention. Homeless advocacy agencies predict that the number of people without a place to stay could rise significantly as a result.