Faithful signs lease to stay in her house
Faithful Strickland says she feels a huge weight has been lifted from her shoulders.
Yesterday she signed a new lease for the house she had been told she would have to leave.
‘‘It’s like the clouds have gone and everythings just lifted up. To hear I can stay here is a blessing.’’
The Kapi-Mana wrote about Strickland’s plight in August when she received an eviction notice from Housing New Zealand after her father went into care.
After 8 years of living with her father she was shocked to find out she was not on the lease, she said.
Housing NZ had told her she had to leave the house and be assessed for another state house.
On Thursday Strickland said she had received good news from Housing NZ, she could stay in the Cannons Creek house.
‘‘I’m still getting my head around it, I still can’t believe I get to keep this house.
‘‘I actually packed everything away and now I’m unpacking, not that I’m complaining.’’
Housing NZ area manager Kathy Furfie said Strickland had been urged to contact the Ministry of Social Development to be assessed.
‘‘We’re delighted that she decided to take our advice and apply, because it means we’ve now been able to legally sign her up as the tenancy holder in the same property. ‘‘