Sad! Immigrant mother and son choose to live on a street bench and refuse any housing offers

Sad! Immigrant mother and son choose to live on a street bench and refuse any housing offers

A Somali mother and son have chosen to live on a street bench in London, UK despite receiving offers to be housed.

The two, whose names are not known, have been living on the streets since December 2014 when they were evicted from a flat they shared for nonpayment of rent.

It is believed that their eviction was the result of a death in their family as well as hospitalization, after which they resorted to live on the streets. They live on food donations from a nearby charity.

The mom and son have chosen to live on this bench despite offers of housing. Photo: Daily Mail

The mom and son have chosen to live on this bench despite offers of housing. Photo: Daily Mail

They were evicted from their flat in December 2014 for nonpayment of rent. Photo: Daily Mail

They were evicted from their flat in December 2014 for nonpayment of rent. Photo: Daily Mail

They survive on food donations. Photo: Daily Mail

They survive on food donations. Photo: Daily Mail

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Charities have offered to move them into two-bedroom council flats and pay their rent but they have refused. The local Somali community has also tried to persuade them to no avail.

The Wandsworth Council says while it's concerned about them, there is nothing more they can do.

A spokesman said: "We are of course enormously concerned for their welfare and are continuing to closely monitor the situation and offer support in the hope that they change their minds."

The local Somali community has tried to persuade them to take up a council flat to no avail. Photo: Daily Mail

The local Somali community has tried to persuade them to take up a council flat to no avail. Photo: Daily Mail

Charities have offered to move them into flats such as this one but they have refused. Photo: Wandsworth Council

Charities have offered to move them into flats such as this one but they have refused. Photo: Wandsworth Council

The flats they were offered are fully refurbished and in good condition. Photo: Wandsworth Council

The flats they were offered are fully refurbished and in good condition. Photo: Wandsworth Council

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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