Melissa Norman Wiki – Melissa Norman Biography
Melissa Norman has been forced to live in a tent in the woods after losing her job at McDonald’s meant she could no longer pay her £100-a-week rent.
She is currently living with her partner inside a tent in Torquay, Devon after she was asked to leave the hostel she was living in.
Melissa is 34 years old.
Melissa Norman Forced to Live in a Tent
Ms. Norman, who lost her job after being furloughed from McDonald’s, said Torbay Council was initially ‘not willing to help’ her because she was not homeless when she informed them of her imminent circumstances.
She had been working at the fast-food chain for over a year and had moved into a local hostel where she was paying £100 per week to live.
Ms. Norman said: ‘I moved into the hostel just before lockdown. I then got furloughed and lost my job at McDonald’s and didn’t have enough money to carry on paying the rent.’
She rang Torbay Council the day before she had to be out of the hostel, informing them of the situation.
Ms. Norman said: ‘Because I was housed at the time when I told them, they are not willing to help me.
‘I have been in a tent for over a week. The council has told me I am on a waiting list but it could take up to one year to house me.
‘I’ve worked since I was 16 years old, paid all of my taxes. I think it is disgusting.’
Since sleeping rough, Ms. Norman said she had seen an increase in homeless people, with six new faces on the streets.
Ms. Norman added: ‘The council needs to open their eyes and put money into community centers, there is nowhere to even drop into to have a shower.
‘It is not just me this is a wider problem. How can anyone get out of this situation when there is little help.’
Torbay Council Spokesperson Statement
A spokesperson for Torbay Council said: ‘We are seeing a huge increase in demand for our Housing Options service and our team are working extremely hard to secure temporary accommodation for those who need it.’
In order to get food and winter provisions, Ms. Norman has been relying on People Assisting Torbay’s Homeless (PATH), a local community group that helps those at risk of homelessness or people who are vulnerable or in crisis.
Kath Friedrich Statement
PATH founder, Kath Friedrich, said there had been an increase in homelessness following the outbreak of coronavirus.
Ms. Friedrich said: ‘People are coming to us in eye-watering numbers.
‘Torbay Council has a number you can call if you are going to be homeless, but when you ring nothing really happens until someone can verify that you are actually on the streets, so that person will end up sleeping rough. It can take a while.
‘It is getting colder and we have no winter provision as of yet.
‘Normally, we would get sleeping bags from festivals such as Glastonbury, but with festivals canceled this year we have none.’