'I can't get out': These families lost their homes in Hurricane Ida. They're stuck in hotels 6 months later
Laura Caroluzzi tears up in September 2022 while she holds a photo of her partner, Jack Caroluzzi, who died in flooding during Hurricane Ida. - HEATHER KHALIFA/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — Courtney Ryan is still living in a hotel. In the six months since Hurricane Ida's floodwaters devastated the region, her baby boy has had his first Thanksgiving, first Christmas and first birthday at the Hammock Inn in Exton. Her older son, who has special needs, has struggled with being in a confined hotel room. And, like others who lost their homes in the storm, Ryan and her boyfriend haven't been able to find anywhere to live. The family has a Section 8 housing voucher for up to $1,460 in monthly rent, but most homes they see in the Downingtown area are $2,000 to $3,000. So t...