WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - As 22News has been reporting, the state has spent millions to shelter homeless families in hotels.
Now they're looking to get them out.
The state is giving itself about another year and a half to get all homeless families out of hotels because it's simply getting too expensive for taxpayers.
June of 2014.
That's when the state wants all homeless families out of hotels and motels, and into permanent housing.
HAP Housing is one of the local organizations working with the state to meet the deadline.
"They've provided us additional staffing to look for housing, to talk to people, to match people with housing and they've also given us the financial resources to try and assist those families to afford these units we're able to find," said Jim Reis, HAP Housing Associate Executive Director.
According to the state, the numbers are already going down, for example in July 109 families lives here at the Quality Inn in West Springfield, today, down to 82 families.
The state wants to phase the program out because it's too expensive.
It costs about $80 per family every day.
Last year, taxpayers spent about $45 million dollars.
With no kitchen to cook in, families living there say it's not ideal for them either, but it's better than nothing.
"I don't want my kid to be out there and stuff like that so I'd rather be here than out on the streets with him," said Springfield's Felicia Galica.
About 1,700 families still rely on hotels.
It's a long way to go before June 2014 so the state is asking those families to help however they can as well.
"We're encouraging people to double up, we're encouraging those who've moved here from different states to go back to the state they were formally living in, we'll pay for airline tickets or bus tickets to go back," HAP Housing's Jim Reis added.
Here's a look at which hotels people live in here in Western Massachusetts.
Chicopee: Days Inn, Econolodge and Quality Inn
Greenfield: Days Inn, Quality Inn
Holyoke: Days Inn, Holyoke Inn, Valley Opportunity Inn
Springfield: Howard Johnson's
West Springfield: Quality Inn