Roddons evicts grieving daughter from Fenland home
A BEREAVED daughter was evicted from her home while she was grieving for her father.
Jacqui Thompson had lived at the three-bedroom house in Perry Road, Leverington, with her family all her life when Roddons Housing Association told her she had to move.
The association said it had no alternative but shift her to a smaller home in Woodgate Road because of a huge affordable housing shortage.
Miss Thompson, 37, had been living on her own after her father’s death in January and was moved to somewhere “more appropriate” three weeks later to free up space for a family. She has made a formal complaint to Housing Minister Grant Shapps.
Miss Thompson said: “I have been devastated. Losing my dad was enough. To be told just a few weeks later that you’ve got to move out of the house you have lived in all your life is awful.
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“It feels like they don’t care about what has happened to me.”
In her letter to Mr Shapps, Miss Thompson also said: “Roddons do seem to make up their own rules.”
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The housing association said it had to make “difficult decisions” because there are 2,000 people on the waiting list for social housing.
A spokesman said: “We have to make best use of our homes and ensure we meet the housing need as efficiently as possible.”
Speaking about Miss Thompson’s case, the spokesman said: “Our team has been in regular contact with Miss Thompson to make the transfer into more appropriate and suitable alternative accommodation as convenient as possible.
“The new accommodation we have provided is still close to her family.”
Miss Thompson, who suffers from Crohn’s disease and has a permanent ileostomy, said she was not consulted properly about health conditions that might have entitled her to stay. She has also been taking anti-depressants and thyroid medication.
She said: “I didn’t want to have to move. I should have had the right to stay.”