Disabled and loosing my home

What has become of society today? Where has the compassion gone? Are we a society that just cares about making money?

Sunday, 16th October 2016, 8:22 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:40 am

I’m a 53-year-old disabled mother with two children. My daughter is 21 and my carer, my son, is 16 and in college. I have to move out of my home after 13 years, as my landlord wants his home back due to selling his pub. Yes, you guessed it, I’m on housing benefits – not by choice but by nesessity. Why do I feel like I’m no longer a part of society, do I not belong? Am I not entitled to have a warm place to call home? Because I’m on benefits, no one will let me rent their home. The problems I face, I don’t have a guarantor, my deposit comes from the council, so I don’t fit in any more. I know there are some benefit people who don’t respect or care about someone’s home, but how can every one be tarred with the same brush. I feel like I’m being discriminated against because I’m disabled and on benefits. I just want somewhere I can call home, be warm and safe. Is there anyone out there that even cares anymore. I’m human too, with fears of not being able to put a roof over my kid’s head. Everyone needs to remember you are all just one pay cheque away from being homeless too. You too could one day find yourselves turning to benefits. Don’t judge someone on benefits till you know them.

Karen Nel

Downview Close


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