Belfast pensioner Alinor has been trying to find suitable accommodation for her 47-year-old son Robert, who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), since February.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Alinor, who did not want to use her surname, said Robert had been living in England for a number of years with his family. However, following the break-up of his marriage, he was left on his own and his mental health began to suffer.
Due to his situation, Alinor said the best thing for Robert would be to move back to live with her in Belfast — a view shared by his doctors.
MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including balance problems and weakness and fatigue.
“If he stayed in England, he would be dead. We tried carers for a while, but that didn’t work. He came over here in February and we’re a still trying to find out what information the Housing Executive need so Robert can be housed,” Alinor said.
“Robert is living with me at the minute, but my house has stairs and it would take Robert 15 minutes just to get up them because of his MS, so it isn’t suitable.
“The Housing Executive keep asking for more information and I know it is difficult to get housing, but I get really upset because you see people in England and elsewhere getting housed no problem. My son is simply asking for a ground floor flat somewhere.”
Alinor said she fears her son could injure herself in her home falling down the stairs and both her and Robert have been left frustrated by the housing process.
“It just makes me angry, every time we look like we’re getting somewhere, another hurdle is put in the way. Because Robert previously lived in England it’s made it all the more complicated.”
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive said: “We are aware of this case and have been assisting the applicant.
“However, we have asked for additional information in order to progress the application and we await a response.”