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Extended Stay America Pulling Out of State Homeless Program

Extended Stay America on Route 1 in Danvers. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Extended Stay America on Route 1 in Danvers. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

A national hotel chain has decided to stop being part of the state’s Emergency Assistance Program that houses more than 2,000 homeless families in hotel rooms across the state.

Extended Stay America, which has a location along Route 1 in Danvers, has decided to drop the program, reported the Boston Herald

About 169 homeless families currently staying at Extended Stay America hotels across Massachusetts will be moved out within the next 10 months, Matthew Sheaff, spokesman for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, told the Herald. 

It’s unclear where they will go, but Sheaff said some might be moved as far as 20 miles away from their current locations because of a lack of available rooms.

The homeless program has been controversial, especially in Danvers. Eight percent of the state’s homeless housed in hotels are located in Danvers (178 families as of earlier this year).

The program has put a budgetary strain on Danvers, including transportation costs and police calls to the hotels. Last month, Danvers Police charged a man at Extended Stay America for abusing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old boy, including punching him in the face and putting hot sauce in the boy’s mouth and taping it shut. 

Danvers' legislative representatives have filed legislation in hopes that the state will provide more financial relief for Danvers because the town has such a large number of homeless families living in hotels. 

The state announced in 2013 that it was going to end the hotel program for homeless families, but it still remains in place

Sean Ward July 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM
This is a smart move for Extended Stay America. This is not an appropriate way to house the homeless. There are plenty of vacant units across the state with HUD and other affordable housing programs in place that would provide these families with much better housing and would cost the state a fraction of what this program costs.
Keith Lucy July 16, 2014 at 04:41 PM
With Extended Stay out, and the Knight's Inn getting out last year, there are only two motels left that are in the program. Motel 6 currently has 6 families with 12 kids at it and the Day's Inn has 78 families with 169 total children.

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