Since the end of her previous lease in July 2021, the family’s mother has submitted no fewer than 270 rental applications without success.
An inextricable and impossible situation for those first affected. For more than five weeks, Shikera Maher and her four children, aged 13 to 18, have been living in their car parked at various locations in the city of Ipswich, Australia. Although the mother had the means to pay the rent for an apartment or a small house, the economic situation decided otherwise.
The Australian state of Queensland, in which the city of Ipswich is located, has indeed experienced a spectacular housing crisis in recent months, with demand far exceeding the supply of available housing. After her previous lease expired last July, Shikera Maher set out to find a new home for her and her four children as quickly as possible.
270 rejections, not the slightest positive answer
The mother therefore multiplied the rental requests in the hope of finding accommodation, but soon found herself up against a wall: according to news.com.au, she actually had to accept no fewer than 270 refusals and did not receive a single positive answer. Local media say the young woman had to remove all social housing from her research because she has been ineligible for these types of leases since 2012 and one of her children has committed deterioration in a previous apartment.
With no housing solution, Shikera had to choose to stay with friends occasionally and move periodically so as not to interfere too much with her daily life. However, after a few months of this way of life, the mother of the family found that “continuous relocation was too difficult given the size of her family and the fact that most of her friends live in small apartments. She therefore opted for another, more stable, but even more uncomfortable solution: settle into the family SUV with her four children.
The children no longer go to class when they are exhausted
“I wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone, not even my worst enemy,” summarizes Shikera Maher, quoted by SudInfo. It’s not a way of life to drive from one park to another because we can’t stay in the same place. It’s a very difficult situation. At night we have to hang blankets on the windows of the car so people can’t look in (…) I just want my kids to find some stability.
For the time being, the situation of the Maher family remains frozen. So for a little over five weeks, Shikera and her children have been living in their car, moving every night to find a new place, showering when they have the opportunity, for example with friends, and spending a fortune on gas from the engine to run continuously to have the air conditioning. According to news.com.au, this situation is so exhausting for Shikera’s children that they can no longer go to class and cannot concentrate enough to follow the class…
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