New York Times

"Welfare Hotel Families: Life on the Edge" - Philip Shenon - New York Times


"A foot-long stainless-steel carving knife is kept in the top drawer of a beat- up dresser in Room 832. Elizabeth Jackson, 21 years old, put it there. ''You've got to have a weapon,'' she said. ''A lot of people have knives in this hotel. Bigger knives, too. You need protection. You need protection bad.'' Miss Jackson, the mother of two young children, has lived in the Latham Hotel on East 28th Street since last month, when her family was evicted from its Brooklyn apartment.. . ."