Couple living, sleeping and eating in car after becoming homeless weeks ago

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A mum and dad from Teesside have been living in their car for over a month after being made "homeless" by a mixup with their council.

Jade Wass and Jud Lennon Day have been sleeping and eating in their motor – and even going to the toilet by opening the car door.

They say they’ve had to start begging for money to support themselves.

The Middlesbrough pair made the decision to relocate to Birmingham around four months ago but "weren’t settling" and decided to move back to Teesside.

Jade and Jud left the city believing that they’d ended their tenancy agreement in their supported accommodation.

They "upped and moved" back expecting to be housed but it appears there has been a mix-up with council accommodation.

It is not clear if the tenancy with Birmingham Council is still active as the couple say "a referral has been sent" to Middlesbrough Council.

The mum and dad-of-two made the three-hour drive back to Middlesbrough in September and have been homeless since.

Jade, 26, told TeesideLive: "We haven't had access to water to have a wash or go to the toilet, or nothing.

"We have human rights. We are vulnerable and have mental health problems. We have to open the car door and go to the toilet outside."

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The couple also told how they have had to wash in the sea despite the "freezing" temperatures.

Jade and Jud have two children, aged six and three, who live with Jade’s parents.

They previously lived in North Ormesby, in properties provided by Middlesbrough Council, for the past eight years.

Jud added: "We’re having to s*** and p*** outside, we’ve got no facility to water, no facility to a toilet or a fridge to keep our food fresh.

"We’re having to eat meat that’s been in the heat in the car and it’s been tasting horrible."

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The pair say that they have "had to sell things to get food" and have been handed leftovers by businesses.

They’ve "rationed out" food by sometimes only eating one sandwich per day.

"Sometimes we haven’t been eating at all," Jade said.

Jud, 33, added that they have also resorted to begging on the streets for food, money and hot water.

The dad-of-two, who has "lived in Middlesbrough all his life", told how he has been "driving all over" for the past four weeks.

Jade reported how he has been "driving non-stop every day" which has caused "blisters" on his hands and feet.

"I’ve driven 1,000 miles in a week," Jud said.

"We don’t know what corner to turn next."

Jade and Jud claim they have spent between £20 and £30 in fuel each day.

Birmingham Council could not confirm if the accommodation is still available in the city.

"If they return to Birmingham our housing solutions service will assess their circumstances and determine in what way they may be assisted," a council spokesman said.

When approached by Teeside Live, Middlesbrough Council declined to comment.

  • Homelessness
  • Property
  • Family

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