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Don't make us homeless for Christmas
8:44am Monday 17th December 2012 in News
A DISABLED single mum with a son suffering from cancer fears being homeless at Christmas amid the rise in homelessness.
Kelly Campbell and her four children have to leave their home in Three Legged Cross this week and still have nowhere to go.
Kelly’s 13-year-old son Jordan has been in hospital having treatment for cancer but could soon be released to join his family, not yet knowing where they will be living.
And Kelly and her children could be in a bed and breakfast on Christmas morning.
“I would be happy with anywhere at the moment,” she said.
“But the council is saying they have nothing suitable for us.
She added: “I just don't know if I can take much more.
“I need a home to bring my son to when he comes out of hospital.”
Kelly, 31 said she has to leave as her landlord wants to use his property free again.
She is on the housing list and is already angry with Christchurch and East Dorset District Councils as she has been in a house where she has had to use £220 of her benefits to make up the rent every month.
She suffers from a degenerative spinal disorder, uses an electrical wheelchair and scooter and is often cared for by her own mother.
Doctors found cancer in Jordan’s right arm this year and he is starting a period of surgery and chemotherapy.
Kelly’s three other children are Elle, 10, Katie, 6 and George, 4. The family also has two dogs.
Kathryn Blatchford, Strategic Housing Services Manager for the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership, vowed that they will not end up on the streets.
She said: “We aware of the family and their circumstances and are actively working with them to find alternative housing. “However, due to few properties available in the social and private sector and other families already in temporary housing we have not yet been able to identify alternative accommodation.
“Whatever happens, they will not be left without accommodation, even if it has to be in a bed and breakfast.”
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