The WA government has been branded "heartless" after demanding that a Perth grandmother move out of social housing following the death of her 31-year-old son.
Sue Sinclair was a full-time carer for her son Nigel, who died of cancer in July. She now faces eviction from her Subiaco apartment because of a paperwork technicality.
The Department of Housing has given Ms Sinclair until December 2 to leave the home she shared with her son, because the tenancy was in his name and she is not listed as being eligible to take it over.
She has pleaded with Housing Minister Bill Marmion for the right to stay in the apartment, where she has lived since May last year.
But she says she has so far been given no assurance that she won't be homeless before Christmas.
Ms Sinclair said she did not want the government to force her out of her home while she was still mourning her son.
"When someone passes and you're in public housing, they need a bit more compassion – maybe leave you to grieve before saying 'you're out'," she said.
She said she first heard of her eviction while organising Nigel's funeral in Derby.
Shadow housing miniser Fran Logan described the housing department's behaviour as "heartless".
Ms Sinclair was widowed in 1983 while living in Derby, where her husband worked for the Department of Agriculture.
He died of cancer after heavy exposure to the weedkiller 245T - the same chemical as Agent Orange.
Ms Sinclair says her son Nigel's cancer was also linked to 245T exposure which he suffered while still in the womb.
Mr Logan said the Mr Marmion should show compassion to Ms Sinclair.
"It would be the least that the state of WA could do for her family given what’s happened in the past," he said.
Mr Marmion said there was no question that Mrs Sinclair had had a really tough time and he had spoken to her on Thursday about her situation.
"I know she is now working with the Department on a whole range of options," Mr Marmion said.
"Let's be frank the Department could have been a little gentler with Mrs Sinclair and I know they have apologised to her. But at the same time let me also say this sort of situation is really tough for the staff at the Department of Housing – every day they make difficult decisions.
"We have given Mrs Sinclair an extension which will allow her to live her current house until December. During that time we will continue to work with her on a range of options."