QLD mum Sushannah Taylor and family living in tent dealt new blow

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A family of four forced to live in a tent after their struggles to find a house led to homelessness has suffered a devastating new blow.

Sushannah Taylor, 20, had been living in a rental home in the rural Queensland town of Roma with her husband Tristan, 22, and their two daughters – Delilah, aged two, and six-month-old Luna.

However, the family found themselves living out of a tent at campsites around Bundaberg after their landlord decided to sell the property last month.

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“We had a nice little rental out in the country and we’d been there for about two years. But our landlord sold the house and we couldn’t find another rental in time, plus our area had become unaffordable to rent in,” Sushannah previously told 7Life.

In an update posted online, seen in the video above, Sushannah revealed that while driving the family car this week, she was hit by another vehicle. And instead of stopping to assist, the other driver fled.

Mum of two Sushannah Taylor has been forced to live in a tent with her family as the housing crisis across Australia escalates.  Credit: Sushannah Taylor supplied to 7NEWS.com.au

As a result, Sushannah and her partner have been left to cover the full costs of repairs – something they simply cannot afford.

“Someone came up to a give way sign and did not give way … and in doing so, I had to swerve the car to avoid them hitting the front or, you know, the middle where my kids are so luckily they only hit the back of our car,” she said.

“The kids got rattled around a little bit but they got a check-up at the hospital and they are doing great.

“But here’s the kicker. The person that hit me was an elderly woman. And when I pulled over and tried to wave her down to say, ‘hey, like, let’s stop, let’s take each other’s details, let’s assess the damage’, she drove off.

“So we don’t have a car right now. And it’s gonna cost me hundreds of dollars to fix the damage.”

A family of four forced to live in a tent after their struggles to find a house led to homelessness has suffered a devastating new blow.
A family of four forced to live in a tent after their struggles to find a house led to homelessness has suffered a devastating new blow. Credit: TikTok

Sushannah has since been quoted between $800 and $1800 for repairs and it may take “weeks upon weeks” to order the parts.

“(The mechanic) then said that we’re looking at spending more on the car just to fix it than what it’s actually worth,” she said.

“I’m so unbelievably angry … what I’m so angry about is the person that decided to hit my car and run away like a coward.

“I’m homeless. I live out of my car. I need my car. It is an absolute necessity for me and my family to survive. And now I have to look at possibly buying a new one. But don’t have the money for that.

“I just want one thing to go right, one thing to go right. Because right now I feel like the universe is laughing at me.”

The family also got a call from the Department of Housing to let them know that a unit they thought they’d managed to secure still required works to be done, and their move-in date had been delayed.

‘There are people far worse off than I am’

Generous strangers have been offering money or opening their homes to the family of four just to keep them off the streets, however, Sushannah is hesitant to accept help.

“Unfortunately I cannot take anyone’s money. There are people far worse off than I am and they need your money much more than I do,” she previously told 7Life.

“I have savings. I have always been saving for a crisis like this because I knew what state the country was in. So until I get very desperate, I can’t accept your money – but thank you so much for the offers.”

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While, out of desperation, she has since accepted money for some small essentials, she says the only things the family really needs right now are jobs and a home.

“We have the money and the rental history but there’s just not much available,” she said.

A study by Anglicare found of 45,000 properties analysed, only seven were affordable for a person on the JobSeeker payment.

Less than 1 per cent were affordable for those on the disability support or age pension.

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