Hudson’s mother has worked for most of her life in various low-paying jobs while juggling childcare, but it was never enough to save, as well as meet outgoings, she says. So, it quickly became apparent that putting down a deposit and paying rent on any other privately rented homes in the area was completely beyond their means.
Hudson, 24, was away studying English and drama at university, but rushed home in the middle of writing her dissertation to help her mother house hunt, to no avail. The family realised that they had no choice but to go to the council for help to find somewhere to live.
“We’d always considered ourselves ‘a normal family’, then suddenly we had to get our heads around the fact that we were homeless, and it came as a big shock,” Hudson explains