PHOTO: Jim Rice Locked out: a family in Richmond have been without a home for six months. (File photo).

A mother and her three children who lived in a single motel room for six months says stigma and prejudice against beneficiaries and the disabled kept her locked out of the rental market.

Alice Jones* has a brain injury, which requires her to use a wheelchair. Because of her injury, Jones is on a lifetime WINZ benefit, which she said was held against her by landlords.

“One house I went for, the real estate agent put me forward, I ticked all the boxes, but the landlord said ‘no, I work at Work and Income, I can’t have a beneficiary in my house’,” Jones said.