Two families have highlighted a desperate shortage of disabled social housing in the Fens
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Two families have highlighted the drastic shortage of disabled social housing in the Fens.
One family have a young quadriplegic son while the other has a son of 29 who they say has the learning level of a 10 year old.
For Carly Brown and her partner Glen Chatters it is becoming an increasing battle to live daily family life with their seven year old son Harry, who has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic, alongside two other boys aged 10 and two.
They have asked for a bungalow or an extension to their current family home but have got nowhere.
They were even over-looked for what they said would have been their perfect forever home to cater for the needs of their disabled son, by a family without the additional needs which they have.
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Carly said: “I am not sure how much longer I can carry Harry up the stairs of our home as he is a dead weight, so he can’t even hang on to help me carry him in any way.
“He is getting bigger and heavier and it is a real struggle now.”
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The family would love to swap their three bedroom family home for a three bedroom bungalow but there is nothing that Circle Housing can offer.
Carly said: “I am only five foot and carrying Harry up and down is starting to hurt my back.
“In the evenings my partner is back from work, but getting ready for school runs it is just me so as he gets older, I just don’t know how much longer I can do it,” she said.
“Trying to fight to get a three bedroom bungalow is so draining I have given up. Circle refuse to do a conversion.
“Also Harry’s equipment is getting bigger and taking up more room, it shouldn’t be such hard work to get some support.”
Tina Thompson says she too has hit a brick wall when seeking help for her 29 year old son who is registered disabled with a diagnosis of Aspergers and the comprehension that she said was similar to a 10 year old.
Tina said: “He is a vulnerable adult. He is in private rented accommodation as we couldn’t get hi into social housing.
“Until he is 35 he has to find £280 towards his rent every month, yet he only gets £240 a fortnight in benefits, so how is he supposed to do that.
“There’s no housing for disabled or those with additional needs in March.
“Their answer was, well he can move back in with me, that isn’t the answer to a young man who we have encouraged to live independently.
“We are lucky to have an excellent private landlord but not everybody is that fortunate,” she said.
• We are waiting for a comment from Fenland District Council.
• A spokesman for Clarion Housing, the parent group of Circle, said it was a matter for Fenland District Council to comment upon.