The study found that 9 of the 14 hotels located within city limits serve as the primary residence for many. These nine motels account for 1,249 rooms for rent. Researchers were able to survey 175 residents living among 1,249 available rooms at these motels. Financial challenges represented the primary reason patrons gave for moving into an extended-stay motel.
The majority of these residents have jobs but are struggling financially and can’t afford the upfront financial obligations to move into a rental unit. Sixty-nine percent have one or two full-time jobs, but only 43 percent take home more than $2,000 per month. Only a small fraction receive any public assistance.