"The last one told me having so many children would be a 'problem'. I was in shock. My children aren't a 'problem'," the mother said
Two is a company, three is a crowd, four is a party and fifteen is a challenge. Deborah and Craig Douglas along with their 13 kids are now facing difficulties as they are not able to find a home that can accommodate their entire "brood". What's worse? they have to move out of their current one in April, reported the Daily Star UK.
The mother, 38 after being rejected by a number of owners, claims that they were being "discriminated" against because of the size of their family. The couple has apparently pleaded with the council's homeless department 15 months ago but housing chiefs are yet to find them a property. "We've got just nine weeks to find somewhere or we'll be out in the street. It's only thanks to our fantastic landlady that we're not already homeless but she can’t wait much longer. We've applied for private lets but when the landlord finds out we've got 13 kids, we're refused. The last one told me having so many children would be a 'problem'. I was in shock. My children aren't a 'problem'. They are all so lovely. There must be somewhere for us to go," Deborah said speaking to Daily Record.
Deborah and Craig, 35, say that they never planned on having a huge family when they met more than 17 years ago. Despite the troubles they face now, the proud mom says she "wouldn't change it for the world". "My kids are amazing and happy. They are well-mannered, clean and tidy and make Craig and I so very proud. But the threat of homelessness hanging over us is really affecting my health. We need help and I'm not afraid to ask for it," she said.
A spokeswoman said, "The council is actively working with a housing provider on an option to resolve their situation and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas have been kept informed of the situation during monthly updates with the family. The council is also actively working on options to ensure there is continued accommodation available until the permanent solution with the housing provider is available."