Mum living in one-room B&B with family fears being made homeless and losing kids

A family of four fear packed into a one-room B&B fear they could soon end up being made homeless.

Mum-of-two Dana Edeson – who is on Universal Credit –  and her family were kicked out of their council house in Bridlington near Hull on May 2. 

They had a 'long history of rent arrears' according to the council, reports Hull Live.

Dana, 24, her boyfriend Lee Brocklehurst, 37, and their two children Jenson-Lee Brocklehurst, three, and Tao-Lee Brocklehurst, one, were then placed in emergency accommodation in a B&B in the seaside resort.

Over the past few weeks, East Riding Council has been working with Miss Edeson to help her find a new home to escape the current cramped conditions they are enduring at the B&B.

Describing her family’s predicament, Miss Edeson said: “We are all in one room at this B&B and it’s too small. My three-year-old is sleeping on an airbed and my one-year-old is in a travel cot.

“My children aren’t sleeping properly – my youngest is waking up in tears because he’s petrified of the slightest little bang and he doesn’t want to leave my side.

“It is affecting my partner because he has mental health issues and suffers with anxiety.”

Miss Edeson says she has viewed six properties since her eviction but is yet to secure a new home.

She says she cannot afford to stump up the deposit for a privately rented house and she fears she may end up on the streets and separated from her children.

She said: “We’ve searched for private properties but they are expensive and most need a guarantor.

“The council said they would pay for this B&B because it’s emergency accommodation but we are really worried about homelessness.

“I’m constantly crying and I’m worried that my family members are going to have end up looking after my kids until I can find somewhere for us to live.

“I’m so scared I will end up losing them but we are really struggling to find somewhere and it’s just a nightmare.”

East Riding Council has said it needs clients looking for homes to engage with their services but Miss Edeson is adamant she has been cooperating with the authority’s requests to attend meetings and court hearings.

Miss Edeson has looked into the possibility of moving her family to Hull with Mr Brocklehurst, who is adamant he will support his partner and children until they find themselves a home.

She said: “Lee doesn’t want to leave me and the kids on the street. He said he would rather be in a hostel or a B&B and be with us, and he wants to prove that he can look after his family.

“He feels like he is letting us down and it’s affecting him.

“It would mean a hell of a lot to us to find a home. It would be a weight off our shoulders I would be somewhere more comfortable with my children beside me and I would get to keep them with me.

“I don’t want to miss my children growing up. They are my kids and I need to be the one bringing them up and raising them.”

A spokeswoman for East Riding Council said the authority is aware of Miss Edeson’s situation and is working to help resolve her housing issues.

However, she reiterated the council need users to engage with services in order to resolve their problems.

The spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that we are aware of this case.  Evictions only progress after due legal process has been followed and a court has granted the authority possession.

“We only evict in extreme cases where there has been a long history of arrears. In order to resolve housing issues, we need householders to engage with us.  

“The council always works with tenants to help them resolve their housing problems."

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