Mum and 7 kids crammed into flat at breaking point as they beg for bigger home

A mum-of-seven is pleading with authorities for a bigger home after being forced to move into a two bedroom flat with her children.

Jolene Alsopp wants a bigger home for a family and said she is at "breaking point and begging" for help, Belfast Live reports.

Jolene Alsopp, from North Belfast, says she and her seven children need to be rehomed urgently.

The children, who range in age from 13 years old to seven months, are currently living with Jolene's nephew in a tower block with all nine of them crammed into the small two bed flat.

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has said it's "working hard to find a solution".

Jolene, 35, told Belfast Live that she feels she has had "no support" despite claiming to have asked officials for help for several months.

"We have been living here for the past seven months and it has been absolute hell," Jolene said.

"The reason I'm here is because I had a breakdown after the birth of my baby and was also going through very personal issues.

"I don't sleep a wink at night and I'm on my feet all day with the kids.

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"We're up on the ninth floor and the kids are crawling the walls because there's no space whatsoever."

Jolene's nine-year-old boy is also autistic makes the situation "very tough" according to the mum.

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Her two eldest daughters are currently sleeping on a sofa, which she will sometimes rotate to allow one of them to sleep in the bedroom on some nights.

Jolene says the living situation is "an absolute nightmare at night-time and first thing in the morning".

She added: "I don't sleep a wink at night and I'm on my feet all day with the kids.

"There's no room to sort our clothes or anything because there's nowhere to put in cupboards. The kids are living out of wash baskets and boxes."

Jolene claims she has been phoning the Housing Executive "every single day" but has received no answers.

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She added: "There's no normality or stability for my children in this situation or any routine that I can get into in this tiny flat, which is freezing and damp as well."

A spokesperson for the Housing Executive said: "Our staff have been working hard to find a housing solution in this case and will continue to do so.

"The family has a high level of housing points, however, they are on the waiting list for an area of very high housing demand and low housing turnover.

"Also, the specific type of property required is not available in that area.

"Offers of temporary accommodation have been declined."

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