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BBC report case of homeless couple living in a garage.

A Kent couple who both lost their jobs and then their home when they could no longer afford their mortgage have been living rough in a garage. Paula Lacey and Michael Ward were found living in the tiny lock-up in Sittingbourne by the owner.

They had been renting the garage, which has no electricity or water, to store possessions but moved them outside 10 days ago when they became homeless.
Swale Borough Council said it had found them somewhere to stay temporarily.
In a statement on Monday it said: “We advised them how to make an application for homelessness and will now look more closely at their application.
“We will weigh up the information provided and decide in due course whether the council has a duty to house them permanently.”

The couple had been renting the garage for ?10 a week but were forced to make it their home as they had “nowhere to go”. Ms Lacey said they spent their days walking around the town and used the local swimming baths to take showers. “If we’ve got the money we go to a local pub we know that do really nice meals for ?1.50,” she said. Despite the size of the garage the couple said it was better than living on the streets while they tried to find work.

Nick Pearson from debt solutions experts, the Paymex group, commented ?with home repossessions expected to top 75,000 during 2009, more and more families will be faced with the terrible prospect of becoming homelessness. It is vital for people to seek advice about their debts as soon as possible as in almost all cases we can prevent people losing their homes.?

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