Moira suf­fers in homes short­age

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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