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Single mother evicted from home feels ‘hopeless’ after 6 months of moving between hotels in West London

Single mother evicted from home feels ‘hopeless’ after 6 months of moving between hotels in West London
Single mother evicted from home feels ‘hopeless’ after 6 months of moving between hotels in West London

A single mother working in an NHS hospital in London is feeling hopeless and depressed after spending almost six months in temporary accommodation with her two children. Carleen Tsolu, 40, who is an NHS worker, has been travelling between hotels in west London with her two children, one of whom has special needs, since January.

“I’ve worked my whole life since I’ve been in this country. I went to college, I worked, I never stopped working and I don’t understand how people work and they don’t get the help they need,” she said.




“My daughter has to do her GCSEs in a hotel room, this is not good. And my son who also did his SATs in May also struggled to do that in a hotel and he also has special needs.

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“They have to eat unhealthy food just because they live here. It’s very depressing and it makes me feel really down. I’ve been to my GP with constant headaches and I have a CT scan appointment, so there’s so many little things that happen.”

Carleen Tsulo and her family have been staying in hotels since the beginning of this year(Image: Carleen Tsulo)

Ms Tsolu and her family were moved to various hotels in West London. She stayed in hotels in Park Royal and Wembley for a month before being told she had to return to Park Royal for several months. She was then moved back to Ealing for just a week before being told she had to move to Kew Gardens with little notice, at 5pm the day before.

“I work so hard as a single mother, my children go to school here, I have lived in the council for 16 years, I have had no help at all and it is very difficult and I am very ashamed that there is no communication from them (the council) side,” she said.

‘If this continues, I’ll have to quit my job’

Kew Bridge, where Ms Tsolu and her family recently moved, is further away from her children’s school and her workplace. She added: “I’ve told the council that if this continues I’m going to have to quit my job. There’s no point in me coming to work and then having to move stuff in the middle of my job to live somewhere else.”