Having now been accepted by the Housing Dept, that gives me access to parts of their website that I wasn't able to see before. I've re-read their email and read all the notes and descriptions of banding, eligibility etc on their website, and am now a bit despondent. I thought there were 3 bandings - apparently there are 4, and Silver, the band we've been given, is the 3rd down the list, despite the medical evidence I submitted. Not only is the banding taken into consideration when you're applying for homes, the length of time you've been on the housing register also applies. So as we're 3rd (out of 4) down the banding list and have only just gone on the register, we stand little chance of getting a place anytime soon, it'll be years probably. Which was kind of what I expected, but seeing the stark reality in black and white is disheartening. The housing dept say that last year there were 9,500 people on their waiting list for homes, but only 2,300 homes available, so even more dejecting, as the majority of those 9,500 are ahead of us in the queue....although they won't all be looking for the same kind of accommodation as us. And then there's the other thing I mentioned in my previous post which they've said we're not entitled to, I'm not putting that on here at the moment, I need to think about the best way forward.
Consequently, my resolve to sort and declutter has gone out of the window right now and I'm feeling a bit hopeless. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night - all this housing stuff on my mind, and being in quite a lot of pain after my physio session yesterday, plus a personal matter that's been upsetting me for a while kept me awake. So I know tiredness will be making me feel very low as well.....things might seem brighter if and when I can catch up on sleep. I'm sure I can pull myself up by my bootstraps eventually, I usually do.