[Hpn] Motel criticized as emergency shelter

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Sun, 13 Jan 2008 03:30:29 -0500


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      Motel criticized as emergency shelter
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      Sun, January 13, 2008=20


      Employees say homeless people are stuck in flooded, mould-filled =
rooms at the Chipican.=20


      By JACK POIRIER, SUN MEDIA=20
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SARNIA -- Homeless people being provided emergency shelter at a local =
motel are living in "horrific" conditions, say a pair of Chipican Motel =
employees.=20

A Sun Media tour of the rooms at the Chipican -- used to provide =
emergency shelter for clients of the Inn of the Good Shepherd, St. =
Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army -- showed walls were contaminated =
with black mould and carpets saturated with floodwater.=20

"Look around. How can you expect anyone to live in such horrific =
conditions?" asked Tina Washington, a motel resident and employee.=20

The 42-year-old went to the motel in October as a client of the Inn of =
the Good Shepherd. There she met Jane Quinn, 58, who was placed in the =
emergency housing through St. Vincent de Paul. Both later took on =
housekeeping duties at the motel.=20

Washington said emergency clients are put in the worst rooms -- a charge =
the motel's owner denied -- where they're subject to black mould, =
rotting walls and deplorable conditions.=20


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"It reeks in there," she said, unlocking the door to Room 20, a room =
providing shelter to a homeless man.=20

Inside, a large portion of the wall was ripped away, revealing water =
damage and black mould infestation. The carpet was saturated with what =
Washington said is the remnants of flooding. The air is musty.=20

In one corner, she pointed to large holes in the drywall where water =
damage had disintegrated portions of the wall.=20

"There were toadstools growing here," Washington said.=20

Washington said she asked that the man be moved to another room until =
all the work was completed, but the room is still occupied.=20

"This room was soaked with water, with feces from the backed-up toilet. =
Imagine what's been trapped beneath the carpet," Quinn added.=20

"The room was never properly cleaned. It wasn't disinfected."=20

An oscillating fan hummed in the corner, aimed at the water-soaked =
carpet.=20

Downstairs, Washington led the way to her room.=20

"I've sucked up 14 buckets of water since yesterday," she said of the =
flooded room.=20

In her bathroom, water damage left the wall brittle.=20

"You could poke your finger through it," Washington said.=20

A plumber has torn away a large chunk of the crumbling drywall. Black =
mould could be seen inside the wall.=20

"I'm worried about the people that will come in here after me," she =
said, her eyes welling with tears. "They have no place to go."=20

Quinn said residents have to put up with the conditions.=20

"What choice do they have? Where are they going to go?"=20

The women continued to Room 7, a room for the so-called "regular =
tenants." Inside there are no holes in the walls, no water-stained =
carpets and no signs of mould. The air is fresh.=20

"It's quite a difference. It doesn't even look like the same motel," =
Washington said.=20

The women said they're frustrated. They said they aren't allowed to =
change the linens in the emergency shelter rooms and that heat to the =
rooms is turned off in the mornings.=20

"We're leaving tonight," Quinn said, her voice breaking, her lower lip =
quivering. "I'm going to another motel to get a good night's sleep. I'm =
not going to spend my life like this."=20

Motel owner Shahid Hussain dismissed the women's complaints.=20

But one motel resident named Al, originally from Halifax, N.S., said =
Washington and Quinn were the only bright spots of his stay at the =
Chipican.=20

"These here are angels," said Al, who wouldn't give his last name. He =
was provided emergency shelter through the Inn of the Good Shepherd.=20

Al said he had issues with odour, mould and heat in his room.=20

Unaware the women invited a reporter and photographer to tour the rooms, =
Hussain said there are no problems with black mould. There has been some =
flooding, but that issue is being remedied, he said.=20

He said he has had heard no complaints and heat is not turned off to =
rooms.=20

"It's a nice and decent motel," said Hussain, who has operated the =
business for 13 years. "I have repeat customers. If it was bad, people =
wouldn't come back."=20

If there were complaints, he said, the Inn of the Good Shepherd would be =
on his case.=20

Myles Vanni, the Inn's executive director, acknowledged there have been =
issues with the Chipican Motel.=20

"We've had discussions with the owner of the Chipican over complaints =
raised by our clients."=20

The problem is there is such a lack of affordable emergency housing in =
the city that social agencies have to use what's available, he said.=20

The county covers the cost of each room, up to a maximum of $44.75 a =
day.=20

The Inn tries to use the Chipican as little as possible, reserving other =
motels on the Golden Mile for families and single women, Vanni said.=20

But, with an average of 25 people a month needing emergency shelter, =
including up to five families, there isn't always adequate lodging, =
Vanni said.=20

That will change, Vanni said, once the county begins to move on a =
planned homeless shelter at the former Lambton Shrine Club on =
Confederation Street.=20

The 25-bed emergency shelter would also include 25 transitional housing =
beds and special needs rooms for families. Then the motels would only be =
needed as a backup, Vanni said.=20
















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New Hampshire Homeless=20
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street=20
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA=20
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
1-603-286-2492=20
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http://www.nationalhomeless.org=20
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<P>SARNIA -- Homeless people being provided emergency shelter at a local =
motel=20
are living in "horrific" conditions, say a pair of Chipican Motel =
employees.=20
<P>A Sun Media tour of the rooms at the Chipican -- used to provide =
emergency=20
shelter for clients of the Inn of the Good Shepherd, St. Vincent de Paul =
and the=20
Salvation Army -- showed walls were contaminated with black mould and =
carpets=20
saturated with floodwater.=20
<P>"Look around. How can you expect anyone to live in such horrific =
conditions?"=20
asked Tina Washington, a motel resident and employee.=20
<P>The 42-year-old went to the motel in October as a client of the Inn =
of the=20
Good Shepherd. There she met Jane Quinn, 58, who was placed in the =
emergency=20
housing through St. Vincent de Paul. Both later took on housekeeping =
duties at=20
the motel.=20
<P>Washington said emergency clients are put in the worst rooms -- a =
charge the=20
motel's owner denied -- where they're subject to black mould, rotting =
walls and=20
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<P>"It reeks in there," she said, unlocking the door to Room 20, a room=20
providing shelter to a homeless man.=20
<P>Inside, a large portion of the wall was ripped away, revealing water =
damage=20
and black mould infestation. The carpet was saturated with what =
Washington said=20
is the remnants of flooding. The air is musty.=20
<P>In one corner, she pointed to large holes in the drywall where water =
damage=20
had disintegrated portions of the wall.=20
<P>"There were toadstools growing here," Washington said.=20
<P>Washington said she asked that the man be moved to another room until =
all the=20
work was completed, but the room is still occupied.=20
<P>"This room was soaked with water, with feces from the backed-up =
toilet.=20
Imagine what's been trapped beneath the carpet," Quinn added.=20
<P>"The room was never properly cleaned. It wasn't disinfected."=20
<P>An oscillating fan hummed in the corner, aimed at the water-soaked =
carpet.=20
<P>Downstairs, Washington led the way to her room.=20
<P>"I've sucked up 14 buckets of water since yesterday," she said of the =
flooded=20
room.=20
<P>In her bathroom, water damage left the wall brittle.=20
<P>"You could poke your finger through it," Washington said.=20
<P>A plumber has torn away a large chunk of the crumbling drywall. Black =
mould=20
could be seen inside the wall.=20
<P>"I'm worried about the people that will come in here after me," she =
said, her=20
eyes welling with tears. "They have no place to go."=20
<P>Quinn said residents have to put up with the conditions.=20
<P>"What choice do they have? Where are they going to go?"=20
<P>The women continued to Room 7, a room for the so-called "regular =
tenants."=20
Inside there are no holes in the walls, no water-stained carpets and no =
signs of=20
mould. The air is fresh.=20
<P>"It's quite a difference. It doesn't even look like the same motel,"=20
Washington said.=20
<P>The women said they're frustrated. They said they aren't allowed to =
change=20
the linens in the emergency shelter rooms and that heat to the rooms is =
turned=20
off in the mornings.=20
<P>"We're leaving tonight," Quinn said, her voice breaking, her lower =
lip=20
quivering. "I'm going to another motel to get a good night's sleep. I'm =
not=20
going to spend my life like this."=20
<P>Motel owner Shahid Hussain dismissed the women's complaints.=20
<P>But one motel resident named Al, originally from Halifax, N.S., said=20
Washington and Quinn were the only bright spots of his stay at the =
Chipican.=20
<P>"These here are angels," said Al, who wouldn't give his last name. He =
was=20
provided emergency shelter through the Inn of the Good Shepherd.=20
<P>Al said he had issues with odour, mould and heat in his room.=20
<P>Unaware the women invited a reporter and photographer to tour the =
rooms,=20
Hussain said there are no problems with black mould. There has been some =

flooding, but that issue is being remedied, he said.=20
<P>He said he has had heard no complaints and heat is not turned off to =
rooms.=20
<P>"It's a nice and decent motel," said Hussain, who has operated the =
business=20
for 13 years. "I have repeat customers. If it was bad, people wouldn't =
come=20
back."=20
<P>If there were complaints, he said, the Inn of the Good Shepherd would =
be on=20
his case.=20
<P>Myles Vanni, the Inn's executive director, acknowledged there have =
been=20
issues with the Chipican Motel.=20
<P>"We've had discussions with the owner of the Chipican over complaints =
raised=20
by our clients."=20
<P>The problem is there is such a lack of affordable emergency housing =
in the=20
city that social agencies have to use what's available, he said.=20
<P>The county covers the cost of each room, up to a maximum of $44.75 a =
day.=20
<P>The Inn tries to use the Chipican as little as possible, reserving =
other=20
motels on the Golden Mile for families and single women, Vanni said.=20
<P>But, with an average of 25 people a month needing emergency shelter,=20
including up to five families, there isn't always adequate lodging, =
Vanni said.=20
<P>That will change, Vanni said, once the county begins to move on a =
planned=20
homeless shelter at the former Lambton Shrine Club on Confederation =
Street.=20
<P>The 25-bed emergency shelter would also include 25 transitional =
housing beds=20
and special needs rooms for families. Then the motels would only be =
needed as a=20
backup, Vanni said. </P>
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