Chloe had never intended for her daughter to not have a safe home to call her own. However, she had to move out of an overcrowded housing situation just after her daughter was born and the flat assigned to her by the Council did not feel safe to live in; it had many outstanding repair works and Chloe had to involve Social Services, Citizens Advice Bureau and the environmental health department at the Council.
Following this ordeal, Chloe's support from the Council was withdrawn as the arrears she had built up on the unsafe property made her ineligible for Council support.
The arrears also meant that she was taken off the Housing Register, making it impossible for her to qualify for social housing and left with very few options available, especially as she had already spent the allowable advance on her Universal Credit payments to take care of her daughter during the 6-week transition where UC applicants receive no benefits.
Private landlords are often unwilling to accept tenants on benefits and so Chloe and her daughter have found themselves sofa surfing with family and friends over the last 7 months.
With so few options available to her, Chloe needs our help to get a rent deposit and first month's rent together in order to make a bid for private housing that landlords will consider.
Sofa surfing around multiple houses is not the right environment for a young child and is a situation that Chloe desperately wants to get out of. Your donation will change their lives.