Moira suffers in homes shortage
A disabled Rutherglen woman is waiting for a new home due to a shortage of social housing in the town.
Moira Heafey, 45, has been fighting South Lanarkshire Council for months in an attempt to get a ground floor home.
Her current flat in Gallowflat Street can only be accessed by 16 stairs.
Desperate Moira, who recently agreed to widen her search, has a learning difficulty and balance problems and can only walk with the help of a mobility aid.
She spoke this week of her agony at not being able to get a new home.
She said: “I’ve not been offered anything. Nothing is happening at all.
“I had my name down for a property in Main Street but that went to someone else.
“We had the housing manager up and she said we are in the middle of the list and they can’t give us any guarantees.
“I really need this change because I’m in constant pain climbing these stairs when I go out. I don’t know how much longer I can stay in this house.”
Moira moved into the flat in February last year with her friend and carer Mary McGoldrick, 42.
Patrick Murphy, head of support services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “Ms Heafey and Ms McGoldrick remain on the council’s transfer list, requesting rehousing within various areas of Rutherglen.
“They have been awarded priority medical points in respect of ground floor properties. They have recently contacted the local housing team and expanded the areas and property types they would accept.
“However, due to the limited turnover of stock within the areas requested and high demand from the lists, Ms Heafey and Ms McGoldrick have not as yet matched for an offer of housing.”
I’m in constant pain climbing these stairs when I go out
Desperate Moira Heafey