A mom living in temporary accommodation says she ‘begged’ for advice on a house that has now been put on the market.
Angela Carribine said she has been “stuck in a rut” since December 2020 after the death of her mother, whom she was caring for.
She had her eye on a property in Berth y Glyd in old Colwyn which was recently refurbished by Cartrefi Conwy following the death of the previous occupant.
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But she was stunned to find that it had been put up for sale for Â£ 110,000 despite the number of people living in temporary accommodation in the county.
The registered social owner argued that the house was “no longer fit for purpose” and said he had earmarked the money from the sale for more new homes in the area.
But Ms Carribine said the prospect of having to live outside her hometown “broke her heart”.
She is currently living in temporary accommodation in Llandudno with her son after having to give up her pets.
Speaking to North Wales Live, Angela said: âI grew up in Old Colwyn and have lived there all my life with my family.
âMy brother and I lived with my mother and looked after her in our family home, where she lived for over 80 years.
“Unfortunately, five years ago my brother passed away, so I had to stop working to take care of my mother and breastfeed her at home, that was his wish and I was proud to do so. .
“Last December my mother passed away in my arms and I was told that my son and I had to leave the house because it was in her name.”
Ms Carribine and her son were first placed at the Maine Hotel in Old Colwyn, which at the time housed homeless people.
They have since been moved to temporary accommodation in Llandudno while her dogs and cats live with her friend in Old Colwyn.
“It breaks my heart not to be near my family in the city where I grew up and to know nothing more,” she added.
âI have encountered several vacant properties in the Old Colwyn area and when I contacted City Council for an update on my situation I was told, ‘It doesn’t work that way. “
âRecently a house became vacant and I knew it was vacant due to my friendship with the neighbor next door.
âCartrefi Conwy recently went to the house renovating it, I called and begged and asked for this house and everyone in the village is aware of the situation I find myself in.
âAgain, I was told it didn’t work like that and then sent me screenshots of the exact house on the real estate market for a ridiculous price.
“The number of homeless people keeps growing and I currently live in temporary accommodation that Cartrefi has hosted me in, so they are more than aware of what I need.”
A spokesperson for Cartrefi Conwy said: âThere is an unprecedented demand for social and affordable housing at local and national levels.
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âWe allocate all of our housing through the SARTH (Single Housing Access Road) register and housing is allocated based on housing needs and the applicant’s registration period.
âRegarding the property on Berth y Glyd, this home is now on the market as part of our active asset management strategy.
âWhat this means is that we are getting rid of some of our homes that are no longer fit for purpose and that are not economically viable.
âAs part of this strategy, when selling one of our homes, we make sure that those homes go to people living in Conwy and first-time buyers.
âThe money from these sales is earmarked for building new homes.
“In fact, we recently built 10 three and four bed properties alongside Berth y Glyd in Old Colwyn.”
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