A Derry mum says she’s been told she may have to give up her job to secure a house for herself and her two children.
Erin Doherty, from Abbots Walk in the Bogside, says she is considering walking out of her job at a local restaurant in a bid to maximise her chances of getting a Housing Executive property.
Ms. Doherty, who’s been on the housing list for more than three years, says she is currently sleeping on the sofa in a relative’s house, where one of her children has to share a bedroom with his grandmother.
She claims she’s been told that the only way to secure the points she needs to get a house is to become unemployed.
Kathleen Bradley, of the Dove House Community Assist Project, said many people are considering giving up their jobs to land a Housing Executive property.
She explained that Ms. Doherty has 160 points on the housing list but requires 180 to stand any chance of getting a house.
“This is the dilemma that Erin is now faced with - work on or be housed,” said Ms Bradley.
At present, Ms Doherty and her two kids - aged one and three - live in a three bedroom Bogside property with their paternal grandmother, two uncles and aunt.
“I sleep on the sofa, Xavier in a cot beside me and Caidin shares a bedroom with his granny,” she said. “It is no way to live.”
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