Across the country, local governments are fighting to regulate or close down extended-stay hotels, particularly the low-cost accommodations they view as hubs of crime and illicit activities.
But their battles against these hotels — where guests can pay by the week and stay for as long as desired — often have collateral damage. They are often the last housing resort for many low-income, transient workers.
“For a lot of people, that's the sort of last stop before they end up being homeless,” National Alliance to End Homelessness Vice President Steve Berg said. “The fact remains if that housing resource disappears, then the next step down is going to be a homeless shelter.”Suburban cities that are…
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