Former homeless woman to start petition

PUBLISHED: 13:36 23 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 June 2010

A DISABLED Axminster woman is launching a petition calling on East Devon District Council to change its housing priorities after she was left homeless for weeks.

A DISABLED Axminster woman is launching a petition calling on East Devon District Council to change its housing priorities - after she was left homeless for weeks.Victoria Armstrong, 48, who suffers with epilepsy, osteoporosis, asthma and deafness, was told she was not eligible to be housed by the council.EDDC acknowledged she was homeless, but not a priority for housing as defined by legislation.Ms Armstrong has now been housed by Housing 21, but previously spent weeks sleeping on friends' sofas.She said: "This caused me a hell of a lot of distress. "I had two epileptic fits before I was settled, which I think were stress-related."I'm very angry and disgusted. "How many disabilities do you really need to be considered a priority?"Family and people with disabilities should be priorities and I'm launching a petition to help others."She thanked Housing 21 and people at the Castle Inn for their support.An EDDC spokesman said Ms Armstrong could request a review of their decision and provide further information to support her case.

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