Woman claims convention crowd forcing her out of her home

Woman claims convention crowd forcing her out of her home


by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on August 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 6:24 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –- Nadina Monroe has one week to get out of her home. The 27-year-old rents a hotel room at the Motel 6 in south Charlotte.

“It's not much of a home, but it’s a home to me,” she cried.

Monroe is an advertising student at Central Piedmont Community College and works at a local plastics company. She said her income was too unstable to get a leased apartment so she picked the hotel because it’s close to bus stops, as she has no car.

Like a few others across Charlotte, she has been told by a hotel manager that her room has been booked for the Democratic National Convention starting the week of September 2. She claimed she had a two week notice.

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for Charlotte, but I feel like it wasn't properly thought through,” she said. “There’s nothing out there. No system, no program. There's nothing out there to help me.”

Local industry experts told NewsChannel 36 that stories like Monroe's are happening, but in small numbers. They said larger hotels in and around uptown Charlotte don’t have as many long-term tenants.

“There's the Marriott. There's everything uptown. What would bring them to a little hotel like this,” Monroe asked.

The general manager at the Motel 6 off of Nation’s Ford Road -- where Monroe lives -- said delegates aren’t staying at his hotel, but others working indirectly with the DNC are reserving rooms. Varun Patel said some people booked rooms months ago. He said residents who’ve been at his hotel for three months are allowed to stay.

“For those not here 90 days, we don't consider them permanent guests, and hence, we have rooms open for reservation, and folks are reserving as we speak,” said Patel.

Monroe’s only lived at the hotel for two months. She said she refuses to live temporarily in a shelter.

“Why would I go to shelter? I work. I pay bills like I’m paying rent,” she said.

And after moving to Charlotte to chase her dream in advertising, she said moving back home with her parents near Wilmington doesn’t appeal to her either. 

“I don't want to go back home. I came to Charlotte to do something with myself, not to run home,” she said.

Other folks living in motels told NewsChannel 36 that their weekly rates are going from $200 to $1,000 during the convention week.