The East Hampton Star: How the Other Half Lives

Since arriving in East Hampton from Ecuador, Jenny has moved upwards of a dozen times in seven years in search of a safe, affordable place to live with her school-aged child.

Her last room was in a four-bedroom house on Three Mile Harbor Road, for which she paid $800 a month. Since the house lacked heat and with winter approaching, she needed a more stable year-round option.

Jenny found a vacancy at the Inn at East Hampton, where she pays $1,300 a month to rent an unfurnished room. Located on Pantigo Road in East Hampton, the two-story, yellow and white building was formerly the 27 Inn and, before that, the Dutch Motel.