The Times saves Wembley woman from homelessness

Brent Council finds emergency accommodation for her after she turns to local newspaper

A woman with learning difficulties who was set to be left homeless has been given a roof over her head after the Times stepped in.

Carol Lintin, contacted Brent Council after her landlord called time on her privately rented flat and the council refused to help her.

The 44-year-old, who lived in Windermere Avenue, Wembley, claimed her pleas had fallen on deaf ears and she faced living on the streets as she had no where to go.

In a desperate bid for her plight to be heard Ms Lintin contacted the Times and was offered emergency accommodation minutes before she was due to be evicted on Tuesday after the Times contacted the council.


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Relieved

She said: “I really want to thank the newspaper for helping and hopefully it will get Brent Council and the others doing their job properly.

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“I am relieved and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.

“If you hadn’t stepped in I don’t know what I would have done as my bags were packed and I had no where to go.”

Ms Lintin, who has a care worker, has been offered bed and breakfast accommodation in Harrow Road, Wembley, until a more permanent solution to her housing crisis can be found.

She added: “I was so scared and felt troubled because I did not know where I was going to be. I just feel like crying and hitting the wall. If the Times hadn’t got involved God knows where I’d be right now. Thank you so much.”

A spokeswoman for Brent Council said: “Ms Lintin approached Brent’s Housing Advice Team last Septemberafter she had received notice from the private landlord to leave her home.

“Since then Brent’s homeless team have helped Ms Lintin find alternative accommodation and for the time being she has been temporarily re-housed in a bed and breakfast while the homeless team and other support agencies work to find her a permanent place to live.”

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