Mum and girls remain homeless
A SINGLE mum and and her four daughters who slept for six weeks on a Tweed river bank have been granted a further seven nights subsidised accommodation at a local motel.
In a statement, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) said Elizabeth ‘Milly’ Sussyer and her four daughters aged between 11 to 17, had been placed on a priority list for housing in the Tweed Heads area.
“While suitable social housing is found, Specialist Homelessness Service, On Track Community Programs is currently assisting Ms Sussyer access the private rental market,” A FACS spokesperson said.
“As soon as suitable accommodation is sourced, Ms Sussyer will have access to bond assistance, including a bond loan, advance rent and tenancy guarantee.
“In the interim, a further seven nights temporary accommodation has been approved.”
As reported in last Saturday’s Tweed Daily News, Ms Sussyer has already had one week’s extension at the local motel after going public with her fears of being forced back outdoors to live due to being unable to find affordable accommodation in the Tweed Shire.
Ms Sussyer was evicted from the public housing she had lived in for 10 years last November after falling behind in the rent.
Ms Sussyer said the situation was impacting the education of her daughters.
“As a mum it breaks my heart because they are being so strong because I know it’s affecting their schooling,” she said.
“Thank God we’ve got each other,” she said.
“We have never been this lost as a family.”
Ms Sussyer is paying $130 a night for four nights a week with her single parent payment while the Department of Housing picks up the bill for the other three nights.