Flagstaff, Arizona – For many residents of Flagstaff’s tiny border town, the idea of leaving their homes is an unwelcome reality.
“I’ve heard it is a very scary place.
You feel like you’re on the other side of the border,” said the resident of the residence Inn Flagsteins.
The resort town’s residents were among those who signed a petition in 2016 urging Arizona to legalize and tax guest rooms.
However, many of those who have lived in Flagstaff for the last 20 years have also been struggling with the border.
The town is in the midst of a recession and its unemployment rate is at an all-time high.
Many of those living in the town have moved to Flagstaff to escape the recession, and those who do not have the means to pay for a hotel room have turned to the hotel industry for a way to make ends meet.
“There’s a lot of people who have been stuck in a limbo situation,” said Joe Mabry, who manages the Flagstaff Hotel.
The hotel has opened an overnight room in the resort town for guests who have nowhere else to stay, and it has expanded the number of rooms it offers to help those who cannot find a hotel nearby.
“We don’t provide room to overnight guests.
We provide room for overnight guests,” said Mabrys, adding that the company is now booking more room in each hotel to accommodate the influx of guests.
However there is a catch.
Those who are unable to pay hotel bills can still use their rooms as a way of getting by, said Mabel Daley, who works for a local hotel, and has spent her whole life in Flagstein.
“If I can’t get paid for a room, that’s a problem for me.
I just want to stay here,” said Daley.
Many hotels are struggling to survive amid the downturn.
The Flagstaff Inn has been closed for more than two years.
The resort town has been in a recession for years.
It has experienced a drop in visitors and business, and many hotels have closed their doors.
The hotel has only reopened after the state passed legislation that allows them to remain open.
“People are desperate for the hotel to reopen and we’re doing our best to do that,” said Michael Deutsch, who is a hotel owner in the city of Flagsteens resort town.
But, he added, the hotel is facing some challenges that are not as easy as it would like.
“Our business is in decline and we have a hard time getting people here to come,” he said.
Mabrys said the resort is trying to raise the rent for its guests.
He said if they can make up the shortfall, he wants to stay.
“At the end of the day, it’s a luxury hotel and we want people to come and stay,” he added.
The number of guests in Flagfield’s hotel rooms is also increasing, which is creating a problem.
“The hotels are having to find other places to accommodate more guests.
If there is more demand for hotels, we’ll have to make room for more rooms, but it’s hard because the rooms are just so crowded,” Mabries said.
In a bid to alleviate the situation, the resort has also started offering hotel rooms to those who qualify for the government’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
The program provides assistance for people who are temporarily displaced by the downturn, but not everyone qualifies.
“It’s not the same as unemployment benefits.
There are no jobs.
There’s no money in the bank,” said John Pimentel, who lives in Flagstern.