Axminster woman, 48, too young for housing association flat

PUBLISHED: 08:04 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:35 15 June 2010

A DISABLED Axminster woman claims she is homeless because of a blunder by East Devon District Council.

A DISABLED Axminster woman claims she is homeless because of a blunder by East Devon District Council.Victoria Armstrong, 48, said she was allocated housing by EDDC at Stewart Court in Millwey Rise - but was later told the housing was only for people aged 55 and over.She said the lease on her rented accommodation is now up and she has nowhere to go.She was receiving a council bond, which provides landlords with a guarantee of rent for a specified time period.She said: "It's like offering somebody a bar of chocolate - then snatching it away. I have got nowhere to go. "I feel everything I have to do I am fighting for. "The system just isn't helping. I'm not asking for handouts, I'm asking for a secure place to live."I'm on disability and mobility allowance and work 16 hours a week. I can't afford to rent."Victoria, who suffers from epilepsy, advanced osteoporosis and is to be treated for a prolapsed bladder, said the stress of not knowing where she will live is exacerbating her condition.She said: "I've had two fits because of the stress and I don't want to go to hospital for treatment, because I might not have a home when I get out."A spokesman for EDDC said housing needs officers nominated Ms Armstrong for housing at Stewart Court due to her situation and, in particular, her disability.He said: "Stewart Court is owned by Housing 21 and, whilst the manager there was sympathetic to Ms Armstrong's case, the housing association has strict rules governing the age of people residing at their properties. In this instance, they felt unable to make an exception to theses rules."Ms Armstrong was meeting with a housing officer as the Herald went to press to talk about her options.

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