British Army veteran who cared for his dying father ‘turfed out on the street’

I read a story from Spain that in Barcelona there have been riots for 5 days running because some rapper said something insulting to the King (he was sentenced to jail for non-insulting offences – then again the average human being over there has a negative IQ), on the other hand we have our veterans treated as second class citizens.

Don’t be shocked if the housing association are trying to use this opportunity to house a large single parent family.

Article from Cornwall live website…

A man who cared for his father in the months before he passed away from cancer is now facing homelessness, after his housing association rejected an application to take on the tenancy.

British Army veteran Darren Seraphin, 43, from Saltash, moved in with his terminally ill father in the autumn of 2020 after finding out his father had cancer.

Mr Seraphin’s father, James, had lived in the house, a property owned by Sanctuary Housing on Wentworth Way in Saltash, since 2007.

Before that, Mr Seraphin’s sister Natasha James had lived there for 14 years.

As their father’s health declined, Mr Seraphin, his sister and other members of the family who all live in Saltash stayed at the house until he passed away on December 31.

Mr Seraphin, who suffers from PTSD and other mental health difficulties, had been of no fixed abode before moving in with his father, having previously been living with a friend.

“He went AWOL for a few weeks when we found out that Dad was terminal,” Ms James said.

“But he resurfaced and helped out a bit. It was horrible but we got through it.

“To sit there and watch his Dad die was huge. He coped well, though and he’s holding down a job.”

Ms James, executor of her father’s will, was keen to keep the home in the family – particularly on account of her brother’s mental health.

She said Sanctuary told her they would consider a succession, and should it fail they would get her brother alternative accommodation.

However, after months of confusion, crossed wires and contradictions – Mr Seraphin is now being told to leave the property by March 21, and will not be placed into another house.

Mr Seraphin works as a ground worker near Exeter, while still living in Saltash.

He said that finding out he might end up homeless was the last thing he needed.

“It’s our family home,” he said, “It’s p***ing me off to be honest,” he said.

“It’s wrong, why give us false hope if there’s no hope to be had?

“I’ve been trying to pay rent since I’ve lived here, but they haven’t been accepting it.”

He added that he can easily afford to remain in the house at the rates Sanctuary offers it for, but that a deposit and rent up-front for a new place is out of the question.

“I’ve got nowhere to go, it’s a bit of a worry.”

Ms James said the family “broke down” when they found out the house would not succeed to Mr Seraphin, and that he would have to start from the back of the HomeChoice list.

“We’ve been fighting for my brother to have a home where he feels settled.

“My brother and I haven’t had the easiest relationship, but we bonded being in my dad’s care bubble.

“To lose that house is going to be devastating for him.

“This is my brother’s wellbeing, not just a house. Here, he’s on our radar, he’s a few streets away.”

She added that her brother being told to leave the house by March 21 could see him lose what little stability he has in his life.

“They’re turfing him, and my Dad’s old dog, both out on the street.

“We want to fight this, we don’t want to let Dad or Darren down. There’s no valid reason that boy cannot maintain the home.

“In January, he didn’t go on Housing Choice because of the verbal promise that they’d help him.

“He doesn’t know if he’s going to have a home, and he’s still making it to work.

“There’s a fabulous support network for him which is going to be ripped away.”

The family has been supported by the British Legion, as well as other people from the Parachute Regiment – which Mr Seraphin was a part of in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The groups are putting pressure on Sanctuary to help Mr Seraphin remain at the address, and to offer him the succession.