Pensioner turns down ‘filthy’ accommodation offered by council OAP who lived in back of car rejects caravan
firstname.lastname@example.org A pensioner who has been living in her car is still in temporary accommodation after claiming a caravan that was offered to her was “disgusting”.
Homeless grandmother Hannah Rose, 71, arrived in Ashford in November with all her possessions and her two pet cats packed into her Volkswagen Golf estate and a homemade wooden trailer.
She asked Ashford Borough Council to help her find a caravan where she could stay and claim housing benefit while she fixed her trailer, dried possessions soaked when the vehicle leaked and searched for her dream home in an eco community.
However, when she was shown a caravan she said it was so dirty there was no way she could stay there.
She decided instead to return to the council-funded B&B she has been staying in for the past month.
Ms Rose, who has lived all over the UK and abroad, most recently moving to Kent from Sussex, said: “It was absolutely horrendous. The caravan was disgusting. The windows were not clean, the furnishings were nicotine-encrusted and the stench of cigarettes was overpowering. It was unacceptable. The friend who came with me said she wouldn’t put a dog in there.”
Ms Rose first went to the site on December 7 and was shown the outside of the caravan but
‘The friend who came with me said she wouldn’t put a dog in there’
was not able to look inside as no one had a key, she said.
She returned intending to move in on December 22 but when she saw the inside of the vehicle Ms Rose instead moved her belongings into a smaller caravan that she claimed she had been offered on her first visit but had dismissed due to its size.
She also left the cats in the caravan and returned to the town centre B&B, which Ashford council has been paying for her to stay in, for one final night.
However, when Ms Rose returned to the caravan the following morning she was in for a shock.
She continued: “The caravan had gone and all my stuff, including my cats, had been chucked under a broken awning. The cats were in a cage but they had no blanket and eve- rything was wet. I was so distraught. When I first arrived and couldn’t see the cats or my stuff I panicked.”
Ms Rose also claimed that despite the council saying her housing benefit could be used to cover the cost of renting the caravan, the site owner asked her for a week’s payment of £110 up front, which she could not afford to pay.
Hannah Rose was shown a caravan but said it was too disgusting so turned it down
Hannah Rose has been living in her car and trailer with two cats