Charlotte Motel Offers Rooms To NC Homeless

The owners of a North Carolina motel are offering one-tenth of their rooms for the homeless, beginning Tuesday.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Imtiaz Shareef and his brother are offering 16 of their rooms in the Days Inn extended-stay suites on Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte to the homeless. Churches or their members would pay for a night's stay for some.

It's part of the new Room in the Inn program, which the brothers hope will bring attention to the growing homeless population near the motel.

Shareef also hopes the program will motivate churches and their members to use his motel for other lodging needs.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    I would not put too much faith in the brothers, they are being paid by the church. They are not giving these rooms free.
  • by Latoya Location: Greenville on Nov 30, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    Some of us take our warm homes and hot showers for granted. You should be thankful that you are not in this situation "Cool" and "Bob". Such negative people!! My heart is warmed at the thought of someone not having to sleep outside and being able to take a warm shower and sleep in a warm bed that may have been doing with out for who knows how long. May God bless the owners of this hotel. The hotel probably comes with free breakfast also, so maybe the people can eat. Kudos to the brothers!!!
  • by wow on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    I can not beleive anyone would make ugly comments about this. They are trying to do a good thing. Why would they raise the rates? It clearly says churchs and members will be paying for the rooms. Maybe you should find one. Why would they urinate on the carpets? They're homeless not animals. A large percentage of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. All it takes is something beyond they're control like being laid off.
  • by US citizen Location: Washington on Nov 30, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    They will be blessed for doing that. Jesus said in his famous parable in Matthew 25, “When I was hungry, you gave me food. When I was thirsty, you gave me drink. When I was in rags, you gave me clothing and shelter.” Jesus clearly told us that when we give food, water, clothing and SHELTER to those who need it, it is like giving to Jesus himself. Let us be in one mind and spirit by helping those in need. We may not understand the circumstances involved in why many homeless people are without and in need. God will Bless those who care for and help those in need.
  • by Real Location: NC on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    Wow... real nice people... and right after Thanksgiving of all times. Someone decides to reach out to help those less fortunate and the reaction you all have is immediately negative. Rather than criticize, perhaps you might want to take a cue from these folks, quit thinking about yourself for a second and put something positive out there.
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Great, I will make sure I never stay in that hotel. It seems like this type of publicity wouldn't help a hotel. Their marquee will read, "Pay to Stay in our homeless shelter, Homeless Stay Free, but You get to Pay." I'll pass.
  • by Cool Location: Greenville on Nov 30, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    I hope the motel won't raise their prices for the actual 'paying' customers to make up for offering 1/10 of their rooms to the homeless. I also hope that the homeless (the druggie ones) won't urinate all over the carpets and trash the rooms.

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