Family in limbo after eviction
TIME is running out for the parents of five children who took in three foster kids, only to find themselves in a situation where they can no longer promise a roof over any of their heads – even their own.
Wayne Wilson and Shanie Cahill must be out of their rental house by October 25 because of a change of ownership and at this point it’s looking bleak for the couple with not a single suitable house available for the family of 10.
The difficulties they are experiencing trying to find a house has the whole family at breaking point. And advice to “hang in there” from the Minister for Community Services and Housing was “unacceptable”, a furious Mr Wilson said.
“The Minister phoned but actually made light of our situation. In an interview on Channel 10 (the minister) said, almost condescendingly, that ‘Shanie had a couple of wants – broadband internet and a fully fenced house’.”
Mr Wilson said his family had also received negative comments from some members of the community who assumed the family was looking for a hand-out.
“Probably the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with was when my daughter told me of the lack of understanding the other kids, who take a home for granted, had for the concept of being homeless,” she said.
“We have worked hard to maintain work and find permanent housing... I brought my family to Gympie because I had a job with the local council.”
However, Mr Wilson lost his job and things started going from bad to worse when their rental home was sold from under their feet.
The family’s requirement for broadband internet is so Mr Wilson can continue to study for his surveying degree.
And a fenced yard is necessary for the safety of an autistic son.
So far the Housing Department has found them two rental houses but both were out of their price range.
The couple is also waiting to hear back from real estate agents about rental applications.