Some Lookout Mountain Suites’ residents don’t have new housing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Time is running out for residents of a Chattanooga extended stay motel to find new housing.

With Lookout Mountain Suites shutting down on Tuesday, some residents are already gone while others are still here. Some say they have nowhere to go.

“Went through the process and applied for housing and everything and as far as I know myself and at least one other person for sure does not have keys to any place and there is just not hardly any places in that price range that are available,” said one resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

Residents were informed a month ago that they would have to leave, because the motel would be undergoing renovations. Some feel they should have been given an extension.

“It is a bad situation that could have been handled with a little more of a time frame for people to get their business taken care of,” the resident said.

Different organizations, like Metropolitan Ministries helped those affected by the extended stay motel’s closure.

“We worked with a lot of other really great agencies to find the next more stable place for those residents to live, so typically we are helping with deposits, first month’s rent that sort of thing as well as supportive services if those are indicated,” said Rebecca Whelchel, the executive director of MetMin.

With Lookout Mountain Suites shutting down, Whelchel says they are running out of options for transitional housing.

“With shelter space at such a dire premium, we could have a crisis on our hands,” Whelchel said.

Residents are hoping for the best, but wish the situation was different.

“The whole thing is just not fair,” the resident said.

Residents say they will have to be out by 11 a.m. on Tuesday. They say they were told if they are not, the police will be called.

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