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Mum fears family will be homeless

HOME WANTED: Amanda Davis and her children Carmel and Ron Johnston, Alexander Knight, Jarred, Jessika and Jacklyn Cuccuru are desperately in need of a home. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail
HOME WANTED: Amanda Davis and her children Carmel and Ron Johnston, Alexander Knight, Jarred, Jessika and Jacklyn Cuccuru are desperately in need of a home. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail Scottie Simmonds

SIX Bundaberg children and their mum are facing homelessness within days after being rejected for 20 rental properties over past months.

 Single mum Amanda Davis and her children, aged four to 16, now have five days to find a new place to stay or face living out of their car.

The family were left homeless after fire destroyed their state housing home in Avoca two months ago.

They are still waiting on Queensland Housing to repair the damage and have been told it could take up to six months.

"One bedroom was totally destroyed and there was a lot of smoke and water damage to the rest of the house," she said.

After the fire they were taken in by Miss Davis's parents, but now the elderly couple's landlord has told them their daughter and grandchildren must leave by next Wednesday because it is a breach of the lease.

Miss Davis, 33, told the NewsMail she was on the emergency waiting list with Regional Housing Limited Bundaberg and the Department of Housing, and had been ringing them almost every day.

But she has still not been assigned a new home despite the looming deadline.

A Department of Housing spokesman confirmed Miss Davis was listed in the "high needs" category on the waiting list, but could not say how long it would take to secure a home for the family.

"If there are any changes in her circumstances, she should discuss it at the Bundaberg housing service centre," he said.

Miss Davis has applied for 20 rental properties in the past seven weeks but said she had been knocked back for each and every one of them because none of the agents would consider a family with six children.

"I think they're worried about wear and tear on the house because there's six kids," she said.

"I don't think it's fair, especially on the kids."

The distraught mum now fears the worst - her family won't find a home by next week.

"I'm really worried we are going to end up sleeping in the car," she said.

"I think I've rung everyone I can. My kids have even said they are going to stay with a friend."

But Miss Davis said she wanted her family to stick together, especially with Christmas just weeks away.
"I really need a house," she said.

The NewsMail also contacted Regional Housing Limited Bundaberg yesterday but was told the general manager was not available for comment.
 

Topics:  family, homeless




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