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    Hiya everyone, looking for some support and advice..

    im 21, I have a 4 year old son and I’m currently 25 weeks pregnant, I’m living with my mum and have always done but we just don’t see eye to eye anymore, she’s currently making me homeless in the next 14 days, I’m so scared as I have no where else to stay.. I’ve tried looking for a private property to rent but I Carnt find any landlords that accept housing benefit and I’m upset that I’ll be on the streets, I’m already currently on the council housing register ( Band 3 ) and have been for the past 3 years..

    can anyone please advise me on where I go from here?

    im going to my local housing aid for advice but I’m scared that they might turn me away and I’m not to sure if I have any “rights” my sons in full time school to so I’m nervous they will put me in another area that I don’t know

    I’m so lonely and depressed about it all,

    please help


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    Hi Martha. Sorry to hear you are going through a tough time. I’m certainly no expert but if you are made homeless and you have young children then the authorities should find something for you even if it’s temporary. You could phone the gingerbread helpline also.

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    Hi Marthamae,

    Thanks for sharing your situation with us and welcome to our amazing community of single parents.

    We’re so sorry that things are so tough for you right now – it sounds like you have a lot on. It’s understandable that this must be putting a lot of strain and stress on you and you probably have a lot to think about. We want you know that we hear you and you aren’t alone.

    The most important thing is that you and your boy are safe and well, and that you get the advice and support you need to make the right choices. Please have a look at your email when you can – we’ve dropped you a message with some useful contacts that can talk you through your options.

    Take care and please keep chatting with other parents, if you find it helpful.

    Poppy at Gingerbread

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    I’m new here. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. I’m no expert but you may have been in band 3 for so long as you were able to live with your mother, now you are unable to stay there I am sure you will become  priority. Sometimes it means having to stay in temporary accommodation first but you will not be left to live on the streets.

    I have recently been advised by my landlord that I need to find somewhere else to live by April. I have also found that many of the private Landlords won’t rent to you if in receipt of benefits. I recently came across this article about Lenders dictating to property owners who they can sublet to, ie whether on benefits or not. This lender in particular is who I bank with so I am going to close my bank account and find a less discriminative bank to look after my money. There is also a petition to call on the government to stop banks discriminating against welfare recipients, it may not help us right now but it might in the future. Here’s a link to the article https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/amp.theguardian.com/money/2018/oct/20/natwest-is-it-right-to-evict-a-woman-on-housing-benefit?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fmoney%2F2018%2Foct%2F20%2Fnatwest-is-it-right-to-evict-a-woman-on-housing-benefit

    All the best.


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