15 May 2013
Following the recent Open Meeting on the subject of Housing, our Secretary Helen's letter to the Echo has now been published, and reads as follows:
AT a recent public meeting on the subject of housing, organised by the South East Dorset Green Party, local Shelter manager Kate Parker gave examples of some of the real problems faced by local people in finding decent, affordable housing for themselves and their families. One woman told us of her experience when, as a homeless single mother of three children, she was housed in bed and breakfast accommodation, which she shared with drug addicts and dealers, prostitutes and a suicide.
Now in a hostel, if she is unable to find the money to pay her rent, she faces the prospect of being on the street and her children being taken into care. I would like to ask the council, the political parties and the readers what policies they think should be in place to prevent such traumatic and desperate experiences being repeated across the country.