William Edinger, 44, and his wife, Laura Mannetta, 35, moved their son, Billy, 12, and two daughters, Jessica, 10, and Melissa, 2, to a hotel, when they could no longer afford their $975-a-month home. Jessica often asks if she will go back to her school. “We tell her the truth, that we don’t know when we are moving. She gets upset and angry. We are lucky the other two don’t understand,” Mr. Edinger said.
With limited space to play safely outdoors, the children stay inside with their parents. Jessica drapes the window curtain over her to create a temporary room for a moment of privacy.