Posted on June 9, 2018
Kelechi has been moved out from her accessible accommodation and moved into a "temporary hostel" with no full term plan of action.
After receiving her eviction notice, Kelechi found out that both her social worker and housing officer were on leave. Despite the urgency of the situation the council refused to assign anyone else to the case.
Kelechi's wheelchair broke and it took a week for a replacement to be sent. This left her housebound. The eviction letter was delivered to the local Red Cross because the Home Office were unable to get in touch with her social worker - but the Red Cross demanded she visited them in person if she wanted them to help her.
The council have offered Kelechi several accommodations since her eviction notice. None have been accessible. This includes a 2nd floor flat that was too small for her hospital bed, had the kitchen on a different floor and was not wide enough for her to even get her wheelchair into. The flat only had a lift with no evacuation plan!
They know Kelechi is a wheelchair user. An accessible house is not a request - it is a requirement.
Kelechi's social worker informed her she would be receiving £150/week to pay for her food, toiletries (including wipes that she needs to use) and travel expenses. The team pleaded with the home office to let her stay until she found appropriate accommodation but were not listened too.
Kelechi's benefits have been suspended and Kelechi is not sure why.
Kelechi's friend who is a social worker at Ilkeston advised Kelechi that there is a fund called Discretionary fund offered to a person who's benefits are not sorted out yet and the lowest they offer is £150 as a one off payment but the amount they give to you depends on what your social worker writes in the application but instead they offered her £10.
That is not even enough to cover a taxi given she cannot travel with a large bag on her own! They are even demanding she pays TV license!
How do they expect her to eat with no way of working?
They have now forced her to move into a hostel. The first hostel they "offered" was one with drug addicts. As someone who has suffered significant abuse this was massively triggering for Kelechi. She asked they could reconsider and she is now being placed in a YMCA hostel.
All her belongings have been put into storage and she only has 2 wipes with her currently.
The way the council are treating Kelechi is a disgrace. She has been let down by Derby City Council and the Home Office. She is still recovering from a major procedure and needs time to recover - not to be shipped around like this.
We urge Derby City Council look into her case immediately and help Kelechi get the financial and housing support she needs!How can you help
1. Share her story and tweet under #SaveKelechi #AccessibleAccommodationIsARight
2. Demand Derby City Council (@DerbyCC) house Kelechi immediately
3. Write to MP Margaret Beckett ([email protected]
& Derby Arboretum Councillors [email protected][email protected][email protected]
4. If you're in Derby and able to help email [email protected]