In 2021, in partnership with The Center for Children's Health and other generous donors, CTL conducted surveys with families living in motels or extended stay
properties throughout Tarrant County. The survey included questions about the circumstances leading to living in a motel, barriers to stable housing, and assistance needs for the family. CTL
published the findings and recommendations in a new report titled "Hidden Homeless: Families Living in Motels." Some of the key points include:
During the project, 70 families were surveyed on-site at motel locations in Tarrant County. Over one-third of families
surveyed had lived in a motel for more than six months.
Single-parent women represented the majority of families surveyed. Two instances of three generations of a family sharing a
single room were identified.
Families living in motels face challenges that include a lack of privacy, safe sleeping areas for infants, cold food
storage, or cooking areas.
Families surveyed were struggling financially. The majority of families (67%) were paying rent on a weekly basis, and the
remainder (17%) were paying for the room one night at a time.