Non-Profit Turns Flagstaff Motel into Affordable Housing

In Route 66 by Martin Garfinkel

1359ANEW Living, a non-profit organization has started to transform motels into affordable housing alternatives. Recently, an old motel in Flagstaff, Arizona was transformed into transitional housing for people who are saving money for a more permanent place to live.

The motel is being leased from the owner and has 20 rooms and rooms range from single rooms to apartment style rooms.

According to the Arizona Daily Sun article, “Barlow, former executive director at Flagstaff Shelter Services, said that her experiences at the shelter prompted her to work toward making ANEW Living a reality.

“I saw a huge lack in affordable housing for working people,” Barlow said. “I saw many people at the shelter with jobs who couldn’t make that leap to apartment and home.”

She cited expensive rents and low-paying jobs as the primary barriers for people at the shelter being able to make that leap. ANEW helps with that, she said.”

This project is possible because of the financial support from the Church for the Nations. The money will be used for the lease payment, utilities and insurance. The fundraising money that ANEW Living will receive will go to fixing the rooms that are damaged in the motel.

In the future, ANEW Living plans on continuing to turn old motels into transitional housing for people who need it. For more information about this project, please visit