A young mother living in a tent with her husband and two children revealed a disgusting act by a member of the public that reached its lowest point.
A young Queensland mother of two, who has become the face of homelessness for Generation Z, has suffered a devastating blow at her lowest point.
Sushannah Taylor, 20, has been staying in camps around the Bundaberg area after the landlord sold the rental house she lived in with her husband Tristan, 22, and the couple’s two daughters, Delilah , 2 years old, and Luna, 6 months old.
He has been documenting his harrowing journey on TikTok to show how the country’s housing crisis is really affecting families.
In a video posted this week, Sushannah reveals that she was involved in a traffic accident while driving the family car with her two young children and all of the family’s possessions in the back.
Sushannah’s car was struck by another vehicle driven by an elderly woman who, instead of stopping to help, drove away.
In the short term, it meant paramedics coming to check on the girls to make sure they weren’t hurt.
But in the long run it means that Sushannah and Tristan have been assigned the full cost of repairs to the vehicle, a cost they cannot afford.
Sushannah said she had to “swerve the car to keep them from hitting the front or, you know, the middle where my kids are” and that the kids “rocked a little bit, but they’re doing great.”
“But here’s the catch. The person who hit me was an old woman. And when I stopped and tried to signal her to say, ‘hey she, like, let’s stop, let’s get the details of each other, let’s assess the damage,’ she left.
“A hit and run. So we don’t have a car at the moment. And it’s going to cost me hundreds of dollars to repair the damage.”
In another video, Sushannah says repairmen gave her an estimate ranging from $800 to $1,800 to fix the damage.
“He then said that we are considering spending more on the car just to fix it than it is actually worth,” he said.
“And I’m so mad because just two weeks ago we had to put new tires on the car because they had gone completely (bald). That cost us about $900 to $1000. And someone just came along and completely screwed everything up.
“What makes me so angry is the person who decided to hit my car and run like a coward. I have no home. I live out of my car. I need my car. It is an absolute necessity for me and my family to survive. And now I have to look at the possibility of buying a new one. But I don’t have money for that.
“I just want one thing to go right. Because right now I feel like the universe is laughing at me.”
Sushannah sheds light on the homeless crisis, documenting what the family eats for every meal and the constant unpacking of their lives to move to a new encampment.
“Obviously we can’t stay in a camp for too long because other people want to book early. It’s just the constant of having to move,” she told 7 Life.
“I know where we’ll be until Saturday, but on Saturday morning, I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Basic hygiene and cold nights are among the challenges of living in a tent, but the young mother said the biggest challenge of being homeless was the costs.
“The hardest part would be the financial challenges, being homeless is expensive,” he said.
“I’ve always been saving for a crisis like this because I knew what state the country was in.”
The young couple have applied for more than 40 jobs and now receive payments from Centrelink to support their family.
“I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last two years, so it’s going to be a little harder for me to come back, but I’m trying,” she said.
What little affordable housing there is in his new Bundaberg home is extremely difficult to come by given the intense competition for housing.
Sushannah called homeless shelters, but said she wasn’t surprised when they told her they were full.
In a study of 45,000 properties in Australia, the charity Anglicare found that only seven were affordable to a person on Jobseeker pay.
The number is even starker for those living on disability support or old-age pension.
— with NCA NewsWire