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Mum's plea for new home

PUBLISHED: 18:16 07 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

A SINGLE mother has today made a desperate plea to find a home before she is forced out in the cold.

Tina Humphreys has searched for two months to find somewhere to live with her two children Paige, three, and one-year-old, Megan, but feels she has no where to turn.

A SINGLE mother has today made a desperate plea to find a home before she is forced out in the cold.

Tina Humphreys has searched for two months to find somewhere to live with her two children Paige, three, and one-year-old, Megan, but feels she has no where to turn.

Her friend Katie Langgaard, who has a four-year-old son, Lewis, offered her a temporary base in a two-bedroom flat in Norfolk Road.

But with so many people under one roof because of the cramped conditions Tina has two weeks to move out.

Tina, 20, who is on anti-depressants, said: "I am really worried. I have two weeks and keep being turned down. I have tried everything and got no where. I am looking at living on the streets.

"I am more concerned about my children than anything. Paige knows what's going on and isn't eating or sleeping very well."

Last year she was living in a housing association property. She experienced family problems.

Her father Burt died and she fell behind with the rent.

Tina was temporarily housed in the homeless families unit in West Villa. But because of the previous rent areas she was categorised as intentionally homeless so could only stay there 28 days.

She has money for a deposit so tried contacting private rental agencies, but couldn't find anyone to accept a tenant on housing benefit.

"I am really worried for my kids because I really have no where to go," said Tina.

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said: "Tina Humphreys asked for a review of her case which we are carrying out and we are currently talking to her solicitors."

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