Motel of last resort

“I don’t have a reservation for this room. These rooms go fast, fast, fast, if you don’t have a reservation. I think it’s because they don’t require a deposit here, like some of these motels do. The rooms are clean. The stay is like, peaceful and quiet. I stay in a lot of these places because I’ve been homeless for more than 10 years, 14 years. I came here to Albuquerque in 2007 because of a relationship that ended up being violent. And I’ve got the scars to show it.” — Nina Sandoval

Rental prices are on the rise, and the need for affordable housing far outstrips what’s available. This motel and others have become a landing spot for people with nowhere else to go. 

By Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi  / Searchlight New Mexico