Families feel stuck after power outage at Motel DeLand
DELAND, Fla. — Several families in DeLand say they have nowhere to go after the power and water went out at the motel they live in. Volusia County cited the Budget Inn as uninhabitable for humans and considered a hazard.
For residents who remain on site, relocation does not seem possible at this time.
“It’s just hard for us,” explained Cedric Bradley.
Bradley and his family have been living in the motel for two months. He has four dependent children and a fiancée who live together in one room.
He and other residents say they don’t know what will happen. They admit that living in such circumstances is not ideal, but it is the only option they have right now.
“I feel like they’re playing Russian roulette with people’s lives, but it’s more than my life here. It’s more than me here. I speak for everyone at Budget Inn DeLand,” Bradley said.
The father-of-four said paying weekly rent was a stepping stone for his family to get back on their feet.
He has been homeless in the past, but this was an opportunity to have shelter and plan for a longer term solution.
Now that future suddenly seems hazy after the power went out on May 23.
“Because in the end. Would you like this done to your child? »
According to county officials, they have been warning the owner of the Budget Inn about poor living conditions and complaints since 2020.
News 13 contacted the owner, but could not get a response.
For people like Bradley, he feels desperately caught up in a battle he can’t win. He said he was taken aback by the current circumstances.
“Have a heart to come and help the folks at the Budget Inn right now. Those who sweat should lie down at 120 degrees. Heat, I say heat because we don’t have air conditioning. No nothing.”
On June 1, the county will hold a meeting with the Contractors and Building Licensing Appeals Board to seek a resolution condemning the property.
Officials say they began notifying residents in September last year that it might happen and visited the motel on May 18 to distribute information about potential housing services.
Bradley says he has reached out to local coalitions, but hasn’t heard of next steps.
He paid his rent the same day the water and electricity went out. He just hopes something can be resolved soon.
“I have hope because I rely on God,” he said.