Angie’s seeking a housing angel for her family

BOXING DAY: Samara and her mother Angie Esau are packing up ready for moving out tomorrow. Photo: Leigh Jensen
BOXING DAY: Samara and her mother Angie Esau are packing up ready for moving out tomorrow. Photo: Leigh Jensen Leigh Jensen

SINGLE mum Angie Esau has spent the week boxing up her family's possessions in order to move out of her rental house tomorrow, but still doesn't know where she and her family will go.

A lack of suitable, affordable housing options in Grafton have left them facing the prospect of homelessness.

And according to a rental affordability snapshot released recently by Anglicare Australia, more people in the region may be faced with similar situations in coming months.

Ms Esau said she was first told that she, her three young children and the family dog would have to vacate their private rental property in Clarence St when it was repossessed by the bank recently.

She didn't worry too much until she realised how few rental houses were suited to her family's needs and how much competition there was.

Ms Esau has applied for six rental houses been knocked back on all of them.

With the deadline to leave the house less than 24 hours away, she was now hoping for a miracle.

"When you keep getting knocked back it's just another kick in the guts," she said.

"Every night I pray that we'll find something."

Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot released in April showed the number of affordable houses for people on low incomes to rent in the Clarence Valley had fallen by 11% in the past year.

For the purposes of the study, an affordable rental is one that takes up less than 30% of household income.

Comparison with previous snapshots revealed the mismatch between the amount of housing available and the number of people who need it most was getting worse.

Affordability has proved to be one of the biggest hurdles in Ms Esau's search to find secure housing in the region, with a disability pension of just over $700 a fortnight her primary source of income.

Her 9-year-old daughter's disability has also limited their options.

If the family don't find anything this weekend, they will have temporary accommodation with Ms Esau's parents in Yamba, but she is concerned it won't be viable for long as all three of her children attend school in Grafton.

"We could stay with them for a bit but it's not an ideal situation," she said.

"We need something more stable. Miracles do happen though, I know they do."

Topics:  grafton housing crisis rental affordability

OPINION: Memories of Dreamworld as the safe place

Queensland Emergency service personnel are seen at amusement theme park Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. It has been confirmed that the four adult victims who became trapped on a conveyor belt at the theme park after a raft they were in flipped on the Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday afternoon, have since died. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

Dreamworld was always the safe place to have big fun

Four adults killed in Dreamworld ride disaster

The Thunder Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

Riders trapped after conveyor belt malfunction, police confirm

VIDEO: Lucky Meteor strikes back at Grafton

RECORD RUN: Lucky Meteor sprints clear to win the Bloomer Transport and Warehousing Jacca Prelude at the Clarence River Jockey Club yesterday.

John Shelton trained sprinter blitzes Grafton track in record time

Local Partners

WATCH: Junior Queen gets silver screen royal treatment

NEW documentary explores the festival's 20-year-old quest as former candidates share their stories and experiences.

Tea party with the 'Queen'

TRADITION: 1955 Jacaranda Queen Stella Wilson sits with reigning 2015 Jacaranda Queen Charlotte White at last year's Jacaranda Afternoon Tea.

Meet the royal patyu in style

Making steps for 'Blacky' in Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Grafton locals are doing a Walk 4 Brain Cancer in Sydney for Robert Black.

Team Blacky aims to better $5000 to battle brain cancer.

Sound of Music star to compere An Afternoon at the Proms

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, from left, Chairmian Carr, as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond, as Friedrich, Heather Menzies, as Louisa, Duane Chase, as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner, as Marta, Kym Karath, as Gretl, and Christopher Plummer, as Captain Von Trapp, in a scene from the film, \"The Sound of Music.\" The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical \"The Sound of Music\" is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. To honor the milestone, 20th Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition, the soundtrack is being re-released, the film will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and to over 500 movie theaters in April. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Saraton's rich history of stage and screen honoured in musical tribu

How Kristie blind-sided everyone to win Australian Survivor

Kristie Bennett wins Australian Survivor.

FAN favourite says she was underestimated by her competitors.

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.