LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The Magnuson Hotel in Lansing is closing for repairs and forcing all residents out.
More than 70 people still call the hotel home tonight but some of them could soon see another eviction notice on their door.
6 News has obtained a copy of a notice posted at the hotel this week.
It informs residents that September rent is due and anyone who hasn’t paid up by 5:00 p.m. today will be evicted.
That 5:00 p.m. deadline has come and gone with no movement.
Tenants at the Magnuson Hotel were given some valuable extra time last week after a hearing with representation for the city and hotel owners.
Precious moments that haven’t been wasted. “To move people from this unstable, uninhabitable space, to something that they can call home,” says Lansing Human Relations Director Joan Jackson-Johnson.
Despite the severity of this most recent notice Joan Jackson Johnson says physical evictions won’t happen anytime soon.
“Even if today by 5:00 they have not paid and they start an eviction process, that’s going to take longer than the next court hearing,” points out Jackson-Johnson.
In the past week Jackson-Johnson has worked to help 16 now-former hotel residents find new homes.
But while residents are slowly moving out Jackson-Johnson says more needs to be done about the owners. “The owners need to be charged big fines for the situation that they’ve created.”
The hotel is also home to the Homeless Angels organization.
While homeless angels is also being displaced it’s founder Mike Karl says the owner isn’t all bad.
“He has a caring heart, he obviously wants to help people,” insists Karl. “He’s helped a lot of homeless people. I hope that money doesn’t come in between that.”
As far as the future of Homeless Angels working with the Magnuson Hotel Karl says that ship has sailed.
“I don’t think our work is done,” says Karl. “I think we’re just moving on from this place.”
So while Homeless Angels works to find a new home itself Karl and others won’t stop their work to get Lansing’s homeless into transitional housing.
Efforts to move the remaining residents out of the Magnuson continue but anyone who stays current with rent can remain here until at least the next hearing on the closure of this hotel set in the coming weeks.