I need help. I have finally realised something about the housing process and I need help. I will be sending a letter with an application form to Westminster Council asking for help to get onto the housing register. They rejected me once, but due to my autism and having no help or support to fill the form out I did not completely and amply explain my situation. I am hoping this will make them reconsider. But I need your help. I am calling on every Christian, Muslim, Seik, Jew, Rich, Poor, Black, White, Asian, American, Arab, Brit, Aussie, and everyone else who falls into these categories to help me. I need to find somewhere to live that is suitable. I need my own space which is affordable and that will accept animals as I want to get a service dog to help me.
When Westminster rejected me they sent me a letter I never even received. They also were going to email me the letter which again I never received. I had to call up to find out that I had been rejected. The London Borough of Westminster have at least sent me the application form. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea havent even done this. I get given the run around all the time being told one thing from one person and another thing from someone else. I need help and this is my final straw.
This is the letter I am sending.
LETTER OF EXPLAINATION
I am writing this letter as a back up to my application as I find that the application does not have enough space to capture everything you need to take into consideration.
I am an Autistic adult who currently resides in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
I need to move out and into my own place however, I am unable to afford a suitable living space for me in the private rented sector of housing. This is due to the fact the following facts:
- Having lived in shared accommodation before (prior to my autism diagnosis) and the negative experiences I had from it, I am not able to be in a shared living situation with people who are not my own family. Therefore, this is really not something that I can do.
- Due to my autism, I can not face sharing toilets with people and feel compelled to clean them should anyone else use them which is once again not a suitable solution.
- The private rented sector is far to expensive for me as I could at most, afford £700 per calendar month (without bills included) and outside of house shares this is almost impossible to find. Because of my salary, I earn to much to get housing benefits but not enough to rent somewhere my own.
- Due to having difficulties on the underground, I am looking at the possibility of getting a service dog to support me both for my autism, and for my physical disabilities. Most house shares and privately rented flats will not accept animals, I have been making inquiries and this is what I am being told.
The flat I am currently in is rented by my parents through Peabody and I am only an occupant to my parent’s tenancy and as such Peabodies have said they can not and will not help rehome me as I am not their direct tenant.
My conditions are:
- Autism (ASD)
- Spinal problems – Scoliosis
The flat I currently reside in is increasingly getting more difficult for me to be in for numerous reasons which are:
- One of my neighbors has been terrorizing women on this estate which last year lead me to make a police report. Unfortunately, due to my lack of understanding of what I could and could not do to support me, I did not take it forward and spent the better part of 2018 in fear of what might happen. This lead to me having full-blown panic attacks around when I saw him. This leads me into therapy which was conducted at St Charles Hospital with the Community Living Well Team. Whilst I have been discharged from their care as I have reached my maximum number of the session it is something I still have to work on solo now which can be good or bad.
This neighbor has since my incident with him in May 2018 has continued his concerning behavior which culminated in him attacking and assaulting another tenant. Even though he is laying low, I am always in fear of what he may do when he believes the heat has cooled off of him. The issues with this neighbor have caused serious problems with my depression to the extent for a long time I would avoid leaving the flat at all just because I was afraid to see him. Because I had avoided leaving the flat for long periods of time I would have a lot of trouble with my own self-care, forgetting to shower, clean my teeth or even get out of bed.
- There is another tenant here who has a serious drug problem and allows all sorts of people use her flat. This has caused serious concerns for me and my anxiety and depression. The misery this woman has caused has affected me quite dramatically.
- Because of my spinal problems living on the first floor is difficult. My parents flat is so big that I can get pain just walking from one end to the other. I have had some adoptions by social services but that does not help with the pain I get just walking the length of the flat.
- The stairs in the block are something I have difficulty with due to hypermobile knees and so if I have to walk down the stairs (when the lift is out) I risk collapsing at the bottom which in turn means if the lift is out I stay indoors. This can affect my depression on a large scale.
- The distance from the entrance of the block to the gate is quite a distance and uphill that I regularly have to stop and sit down or I will end up in tears by the time I get to the gate. I have spoken to RBKC Social Services and they have said that because the Block stairs are narrow and communal areas they can’t provide any form of adaption for it I am just stuck with it. They have also said that because the main part to the gate is also a driveway there is nothing they would be able to suggest anything that could help.
- I also have an ex-boyfriend who has shown some concerning behavior which I have now had to make a police report just in case he turns up at my front door. He, the ex-boyfriend was emotionally abusive and caused me great distress including a depressive episode. I really do not want to be living here where he knows where I live.
Living here is affecting me on all scales which my support worker thinks has contributed to some of my recent meltdowns (which are linked to my autism). These meltdowns have also had a physical effect on my body which also takes me a few days to recover from.
I am desperate for help and somewhere to live where I feel safe and I can have the things I need to live independently. I need to be put onto the register so that I can get somewhere to live.
Help me by sharing this with anyone you know and help me get action taken so that I will finally be put on the housing register and rehomed somewhere I can afford so I no longer have to beg for help on gofundme to help me move outside of London. I need help. Help me keep my dignity