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Homeless fears of single mum

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 March 2010

A SINGLE mum with five disabled children, two dogs, today said her family could be homeless within weeks.

Vicky Thomson-Carr is determined to keep her family together, because she feels hardly anyone understands their needs or has the ability to turn their lives around.

By Tracey Sparling

THIS family has five disabled children but could be homeless within weeks.

Vicky Thomson-Carr is determined to keep her family together, because she feels hardly anyone understands their needs or has the ability to turn their lives around.

Three of her sons and a daughter suffer from the genetically-inherited Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It has been dubbed the hidden handicap which leads many into crime – and associated conditions like dyslexia, depression and Tourette and Asberger syndromes which are a nightmare on their own. Another daughter has cerebral palsy.

For years Vicky has fought to get each of her four children an ADHD diagnosis and medication, then education and support.

But now their private landlord is selling the Kesgrave house he has rented to them for years and the council has no four-bedroom properties empty.

Vicky fears being forced to move into a B&B while her sons and daughter are taken away – then shifted from one carer to another and one school to the next.

She said: "I just don't know what we will do when we get served with the eight-week notice to leave. We will be homeless. That could happen at any time now.

"There are 2,000 people before us on the waiting list and I was told Suffolk Coastal only has 31 four-bedroom houses – all full."

A Suffolk Coastal District Council spokesman today confirmed it owned 30 houses, for emergency accommodation only.

We have had the perfect house and now that will change. ADHD and the other conditions my children have, make it crucial that each has their own room, with space outside to let off steam. William is 6ft3ins tall, and shouts a lot. It is very scary when he gets upset."

She knows they won't make perfect neighbours, and admitted: "The children lack inhibitions, and do make a lot of noise. What private landlord would offer us a roof over our heads, and on housing benefit?

"I am always having to pay to replace things because the boys trash their rooms. William hit my car headlights in a fit of temper. They throw stones at the windows and don't think what they are doing until it's too late. Our home has lots of broken windows."

n See pages 6 and 7 for the full story of how ADHD rules lives.

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