Kes*

Kes* (*not her real name) is not local to East Ham, but she is currently being housed here by Waltham Forest Council. Kes has three young children, and has another on the way. She is struggling in the temporary accommodation she is in – it is over an hour’s bus journey away from both her children’s nursery and her father, who she cares for.

I have been housed in an unfurnished two-bedroom flat (it is actually a one-bedroom flat where the living room has become a bedroom). I have restricted mobility because of a hip condition and it is impossible for me to get up the stairs to reach the property and along with my children and pram.

I have no savings and no furniture at the
moment and I’m scared of using what little money I do have to buy
furniture for this unsuitable accommodation. We have nothing.