We know life is tough, even harder for those who are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table but as I have said many times in previous posts; unless we address the flaws in human nature, call out things that are wrong and start encouraging the idea of the family then we won’t get anywhere.
This story is sad to read but you have to ask yourself this – how does one woman with five kids end up homeless? But here is the problem, she isn’t a mother of 5 kids, she actually has 8 in total. That’s right, EIGHT. Only 2 of the 8 children are in school.
Before throwing judgement in this particular case we don’t know the previous circumstances but one should not be afraid to ask questions as to how we got here.
- Where is father?
- Is there more one father?
- What exactly happened that led to you being made homeless in the first place?
- Were you ever in a position to be able to afford to have so many kids in the first place?
Hard truths need to be spoken and I am not disgusted at this woman, one can sympathise with her situation because it is difficult but until we get political and religious leaders to start speaking up on the issue of the family and not to have children you can’t afford then we will always get stories like these.
We wish her the best and if you are able to help then don’t hesitate to, full article posting from the Birmingham Mail website below…
This is the ‘dirty’, cramped hotel room where a mum and five of her children are forced to sleep, eat, cook, play and learn.
The family were only supposed to be staying in temporary accommodation for three days after the mum was threatened, but their struggle has dragged on for five months.
Shocking video captures the stark reality for children living in hotels as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to fuel homelessness.
As she pans around the four walls, several beds can be seen pushed together with various duvets strewn across to form two sleeping areas.
She is one of hundreds of parents who live crammed into a room with children with nowhere to play or be on their own.
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The mother sleeps beside her 13-year-old daughter and two more of her kids, while her eight-year-old and a fifth, aged 11, sleep no more than a few metres away.
The footage, filmed by the mum for ITV News, shows a toaster resting on one of the kid’s beds, with cooking facilities said to be so dirty the family are living off microwave meals.
The mum also reveals how she has been forced to handwash her family’s laundry in the bath as she films kids’ school uniforms drying up the side of the tub.
Meanwhile, the children’s toys are stuffed into an empty Henry the hoover box in the corner of the hotel room.
Only two of the mum’s eight children are in school after difficulties finding places nearby, meaning the mum has to try to homeschool her remaining kids from the hotel room.
The mum told ITV: “Everyday is a challenge, even sleeping is a challenge, because there’s so many people in one room.
“[The conditions are] dirty, there’s lots of people on drugs, alcoholics, mental health conditions.”
This heartbreaking picture of homelessness depicts just one family’s struggles amid a crisis.
At the end of June this year, a total of 3,291 families were living in temporary accommodation in Birmingham – and some 428 families were, like this one, stranded in a B&B or hotel room.
Around half of these families (204) were stuck there for more than six weeks.
These are rooms designed for short stays, not miserable weeks, and generally lack basic facilities.
Housing families in this type of accommodation is a last resort for Birmingham City Council – not just because it is highly unsuitable for family life, but also costly.
Temporary accommodation fees in Birmingham last year topped £33 million – and £14.7 million of it was spent with B&B and hotel owners.
The city is also battling a social housing crisis, with far too few homes to meet spiralling demand.
Birmingham City Council’s empty homes team works to bring these private houses back into use through repairs and – as a last resort – buying the property to sell on.
Councillor Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “It’s scandalous that in the midst of a national housing crisis, people continue to leave properties abandoned and in appalling conditions that cause huge problems for their immediate neighbours and surrounding neighbourhood.
“We’ll continue to work with local communities to ensure that where we can take action to bring homes back in to use, we will do so and request that should anyone be experiencing any issues with empty homes, to please get in touch.”