Topic: Housing

Charity helps family into new home

By Te Kāea
  • North Island: East Coast

A solo mother living in Hawkes Bay with her five children has had her dream of living in her own home realised.

This thankful mother who asked not to identify was excited to get some space. “Getting to actually sleep in a real bed, in a separate room and having a lounge where we can watch TV.”

The family had been living in a one-room homestead for nine months and were constantly rejected by real estate agents when trying to find suitable accommodation.

“They’ll ask if I had a family and I’d let them know that I had five kids and straight away they’d look at me and say no.”

It was only three weeks ago this mother got in contact with Citizens Advice Bureau and they referred her to Limitless Hope. A charitable trust working with families and locals with financial difficulties in the Hawkes Bay region.

“If this didn’t work out for her this week, she would have literally been in her van with five children” says co-founder of Limitless Hope Kiri Swannell.

With the help of Limitless Hope this whānau found a three home for only $165 a week.