Karen Rhodes, with her children Rebecca and Tim, has finally got an emergency house.
Karen Rhodes, with her children Rebecca and Tim, has finally got an emergency house. Alistair Brightman

Homeless mum's battle to put a roof over her family's head

SUPPORTING two disabled children is a tough job, especially if you're homeless.

That's the situation single mother Karen Rhodes found herself in after her landlord sold the home they were renting without them knowing.

Mrs Rhodes and her two children, who both have Asperger's, desperately tried to find a home and even travelled to Toowoomba to stay with a relative.

After a violent incident, Mrs Rhodes took her children and fled.

For days they slept in their car in a national park, in holiday units and even at a brothel.

"It was so hard," she said.

"Caring for these two (children) is hard enough."

On Friday, Mrs Rhodes walked the streets in search of a roof to put over her children's heads.

"I've been working so hard going to all the emergency places and a bit of positive has come through it," she said.

"I woke up to a beautiful double rainbow and I said, today I'm positive."

Mrs Rhodes spent Friday morning searching until she got the magic phone call.

"At 11.30am they called me and said we've got good news, you've got an emergency house," she said.

Mrs Rhodes said she's had great support during her battle to find a home.

"It's the kindness of people," she said.

"The manager at Jade Waters has said we can stay until we move into our new home which is just so wonderful."
 



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