A mom-of-eight is facing the heartbreaking choice between potentially making two of her children homeless or waiting for years for a council property to become available.
According to The Sun, Fay Hunter and her family of 10, are currently living in a four bedroom property in Leicester, England, after their former rented home was sold. The family is eagerly waiting for a five-bedroom property or bigger four-bedroom property with a dining room that could be used as a fifth bedroom.
Hunter said that she put a curtain up across half of the living room to create a sort of bedroom for her and her partner. She added: "I am not asking for a mansion, just a place that’s big enough for us to have a comfortable family life.”
According to LeicestershireLive, Hunder said that her older children would like to move out and live on their own, but if she removes them from her application and a smaller property becomes available, it could effectively leave them homeless.
"No mother is going to put her own children at risk of homelessness. If I were to be offered a smaller house and then tell the council that they will be living with me, I might lose that property. They both work full time but they can’t afford to buy somewhere or rent privately.”
A spokesman for Charnwood Borough Council said that the authority has six properties on its books that have five or six bedrooms. He was unable to confirm the number of families with five or more children currently waiting for a property.
Hunter is desperate to move her family closer to her younger children’s school and friends. She was told by the school that she might be fined because the kids are late three days a week. She has to wait for the taxi that takes her disabled daughter to her special school before she can take them to school.
"My 19-year-old is at college and needs a quiet place to do homework, it’s a nightmare.”
A Charnwood Borough Council spokesman said: “Families who are on the housing register who have five or more children are eligible to bid for properties with three or more bedrooms. “Due to the limited availability of larger properties, families on the register with five or more children are normally given preference over smaller eligible households for properties that have four or more bedrooms.
“There are a number of factors that would determine how long an applicant may be on the register before they are offered a property, including the type and size of property their household requires, the number of other households on the register who require the same type and size of property, their banding and banding effective date and their bidding activity.”