March 28, 2023

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‘Time running out’ to reunite and house family with four-year-old daughter receiving end of life care

A single mom from Bishop’s Stortford is desperately hoping East Herts Council (EHC) will uncover her a house so that her 3 children, one of whom is getting stop-of-life care, can be reunited.

Natalie Hill, 37, experienced been dwelling in a privately-rented two-bedroom assets in Hockerill, but after prolonged delays having the heating and warm h2o fixed and a break-in, she moved in with her mom, Sue, on the Haver’s estate on the information of overall health readers who deemed the flat unsuitable for the children. She has considering the fact that been serviced seen on the flat by the landlord.

But her 4-calendar year-outdated daughter, Freya, who suffers from the life-limiting brain condition Polymicrogyria, lives aside from the loved ones and Natalie explained “time was working out” for them to all be alongside one another the moment once more.

Queens Crescent, Bishop's Stortford. Natalie Hills with Mum Sue Hills and sons Reggie and Jack. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52024204)
Queens Crescent, Bishop’s Stortford. Natalie Hills with Mum Sue Hills and sons Reggie and Jack. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (52024204)

The youngster also has epilepsy, is deaf and blind, has respiration and kidney issues and is fed through a tube, necessitating sixteen hours-a-day care. She presently lives with her father in Clacton, while Natalie’s two boys, Jack, seven, and Reggie Ray, 18 months, stay with her.

And while Natalie has a court order for shared residency of her daughter, devoid of a house, this can not begin and she has been informed by EHC that she does not have enough details to qualify for unexpected emergency housing.

Natalie’s mum, Sue, explained: “Time is working out. No-one is aware how prolonged Freya has left, especially with he uncommon brain condition Polymicrogyria. Freya is extremely sick and has spent most her life in hospitals. She is peg fed with a micky button, has no higher muscle mass tone so she can not hold her head, stroll or communicate.

“We as a loved ones need to have to make important memories, but devoid of a suited house the loved ones is torn aside. Housing have given so minimal details to bid, even with extreme situations.”

Natalie explained she fled from her loved ones dwelling in Colchester due to domestic abuse and while Freya experienced often been in her care, the flat she finished up renting through Harlow-dependent letting agents, Nickolds, was not suited for her daughter. “I approached East Herts and defined the condition where I was informed I did not qualify simply because Freya would not be right here for good – they did not need to have to house me simply because Freya gets palliative care. There were not in the the very least little bit empathetic, there was no compassion demonstrated.

“My children are missing valuable time with their sister, but simply because I do not have enough details, it can be not an unexpected emergency. I have no outside room for Jack, who is underneath the psychological overall health staff at seven many years outdated and we are dwelling with my mum in her 3 bedroom assets with myself, my little ones, and my brother and all of our psychological overall health is suffering.”

She extra: “I could have a cellphone get in touch with tomorrow or in a calendar year about Freya and remaining her principal carer and looking at her go through every thing with only getting make contact with on a Saturday is unacceptable and it is destroying us as a loved ones.

“My infant, who is one, hasn’t got a bond with his sister and might never have. I am just inquiring for a 3 bedroom house so the carers can occur in and glimpse after my daughter and for Jack to have his individual room so that when life appears to be much too significantly, he has his individual room to go. I just feel so helpless.”

Stortford MP Julie Marson and district councillor Terence Beckett (All Saints Ward) have taken up her circumstance and EHC confirmed this 7 days it was investigating.

Reported an EHC spokesperson: “While we can not give particulars of specific conditions, we can ensure that when a person becomes homelessness simply because they can no lengthier dwell in their private rented lodging, the council will operate with the home to aid them into different housing.

“Our housing staff can offer information, concur a personalized housing plan and, in some situations, offer short term lodging while lengthier-expression lodging can be located. Our staff is continuing to operate closely with Ms Hill to support her with dwelling condition. We would persuade everyone who finds themselves in a comparable posture to examine our internet site for a lot more facts and guidance – isles/housing/homeless-or-threatened-homelessness”

Cllr Beckett explained the housing staff would be undertaking all it could to aid Natalie. “I know the staff have been actively associated with the loved ones and that social care is associated as well. They are a good staff and will do every thing they can to aid her. If the condition gets to a crisis level, then we would put her in short term lodging, she will not likely be dwelling on the streets with her children.”