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Residents of the Colonial Motel in Rapid City fear they will be homeless when the hotel is demolished.
Residents of the Colonial Motel in Rapid City fear they will be homeless when the hotel is demolished.
Native Sun News photo
May 26, 2016

As Old Hotels Demolished, Rapid City Residents Lose Homes

Aging hotels in eastern Rapid City house a population often unable to qualify for more traditional rental housing, and the demolition of two of those hotels pushes a vulnerable population closer to homelessness, reports the Native Sun News

Classifying the demolition to make way for new development as "gentrification," the report notes that the demolition of the Imperial Hotel on St. Joseph Street eliminated 119 rooms while the pending demolition of the Colonial Hotel on LaCrosse Street will remove 52 units. In addition, several small houses have been razed as the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology expands its campus.

One family with two children featured in the report have been unable to secure an apartment in 16 months. The family is on the waiting list for Pennington County Housing, but hundreds of others are ahead of them. 

Read more about homelessness on the Black Hills Knowledge Network


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