Elva Beltran, executive director of the Community Coordinating Council, said local agencies and private donors have kept 14 families housed at Motel 6 since last week's evictions.
"I'm really proud of these groups that pulled together for this," Beltran
The combined effort originally kept a roof over the heads of 18 families, she
said.That number dropped to 14 over the course of the past week as four families were able to secure alternate housing, typically with family or friends.Beltran
said the local groups, along with Wal-Mart
, have spent nearly $5,000 in the past week on motel vouchers.She
said the rush need for emergency housing has tapped out the local private resources.
"The need was just too great," she
said."I hear from these families, 'Where are we going to go?'"Beltran
began informing the affected families earlier this week that money would soon run out.
Meanwhile worsening plights were taking a toll Thursday on former Paul Bunyan residents.