Maria Jones [Image: Chris Tinsley].

Considering this woman’s medical condition, does anybody really think Newport City Homes has discharged its duty to her correctly?

A disabled 61-year-old woman says she has been forced to sleep in her car because Newport City Homes haven’t been able to offer her anywhere suitable to live.

Maria Jones – who is agoraphobic, has arthritis in both hips and whose lower back discs are worn away – says she had to hand in the keys of her temporary accommodation after refusing on medical grounds a property she could not live in as it was a 10th-floor apartment.

She said: “I moved out on December 5 and the council found me a temporary place in Newport.

“In January, they offered me a 10th-floor flat, but I had only been bidding for ground-floor properties so I went to see Newport City Homes.

“I said to them I can’t go in a lift because I am agoraphobic and showed them a letter from my doctor.”

Agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult, according to the NHS website.

Ms Jones said she was forced to refuse a second property they offered her – a fourth-floor flat in Ringland -– for the same reasons.

Newport City Homes said it offered Maria Jones two properties which she refused.

Source: Disabled woman forced to sleep in her own car (From South Wales Argus)

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