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Disabled mum losing hope after Hyndburn Homes refuse move
A DISABLED mum and her family say they are losing hope after being told they cannot live in a traditional house.
Samantha and George Titterington claim that they were close to getting a new home this week but their bid was turned down by Hyndburn Homes.
The 23-year-old wheelchair user and her partner said they live a cramped existence in a pensioner’s one-bedroomed bungalow because there are few disabled properties suitable for families.
The Clayton-le-Moors family, whose story was revealed by the Lancashire Telegraph last month, said they have now experienced another setback.
On Tuesday they were told they could not live in a split level house, even if it was specially-adapted.
Mr Titterington, who cares for Samantha and their baby son, said he had started contacting neighbouring landlord Twin Valley Homes in Blackburn in an effort to gain their help.
He said: “It got to the point where I couldn’t get hold of Hyndburn Homes and I want to move closer to family in Blackburn anyway.
“A terraced house became available in Highercroft and adaptations could be carried out in several months.
“Samantha was happy because we could manage short term until then.
“Twin Valley Homes were helpful, but Hyndburn Homes simply wouldn’t agree to our living in a traditional house.
“It was such a blow, because we could be waiting five-to-10 years for one-level properties.
“I feel they are deciding what is best for Samantha instead of listening to what she says she can handle.
“Without the Lancashire Telegraph we would still be classed as a lower priority.”
A spokeswoman for Twin Valley Homes said the couple’s situation was a matter for Hyndburn Homes to decide.
Linda Chelton, neighbour-hood services manager at Hyndburn Homes, said: “An occupational therapist says the family need a three-bedroom, ground floor home that is fully adapted.
“Unfortunately, such properties are in very short supply and we are working with other housing associations to try to identify one.
“The family’s case has been classed as the highest priority, however there are other families who are in a similar situation.”