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Families left homeless after Pascagoula condemns motel

November 2, 2021 GMT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Nineteen families on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been left without a home after a city condemned a decades-old motel.

WLOX-TV reported that Pascagoula officials said Crown Inn had structural problems, safety hazards and code violations.

Several residents said they received no warning that the building would be closed. Only a few said they received refunds for rental payments.

“I have never thought I’d be homeless at 65 years old,” said Allen Cude, who had been living at the motel.

Open Doors Homeless Coalition, United Way and Church on the Rock have been working with the city to set up temporary homes for the displaced residents. Some were put into other hotels Monday night.