Róisín Jordan and her son Cody are facing Christmas in a single-room B&B as a result of a tenancy termination that left them with nowhere to live.
They are among the thousands of homeless people facing Christmas in emergency accommodation this year.
“I have resigned myself to the fact that we will be in emergency accommodation over Christmas,” Róisín said.
“Thankfully it is a very old B&B and there is a chimney in the room, so Santa will be able to deliver Cody’s Christmas presents.”
Róisín said it is very difficult watching her son deal with being homeless and she recently had to go to his school to check on his progress to see if living in emergency accommodation was having a negative effect on his behaviour.
“My son told me three weeks ago, he didn’t want to be homeless any more. I don’t know what to say to him.”
Róisín said she is slowly losing hope in finding a home for her and her son.
The mother, who is a first-year student at UCC studying Social Work, said she finds it hard to get estate agents and landlords that are open to the idea of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme and she feels she is being fobbed off at house viewings.