Jenna Naik, 37, says she faced 18 months of living in costly hotels after being unable rent a property with son Devesh, who has autism and a severe developmental disability
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A mum has pleaded for help after being told she and her young disabled son could be homeless until 2023.
Jenna Naik and little Devesh moved back to Shrewsbury after living in India until last year, report BirminghamLive.
She says they have been living in hotels and being turned away time and time again when they tried to rent a property.
Now the desperate parent has been told by Shropshire Council that it could 18 months to be given a permanent home.
The yoga teacher, who looks after her son who has autism and a severe developmental disability, says the thought of being homeless for a year-and-a-half fills her with dread.
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The 37-year-old said: “When Covid started my son started displaying signs and has now been diagnosed with autism and severe developmental disability.
“We came back from India as I wanted to find a good educational setting for my son.
“A friend of a friend let us stay in a barn conversion for a year which was a dream, at a cheap rate, but then she said I’m going to have to sell.
“I’ve been trying to rent properties for the whole year and being turned away all the time.
“Then I started getting desperate and I was panicking as I had a couple of months.
“I’ve never had anything like this before, it’s so scary.
“I contacted the local authority and joined HomePoint and I’ve had no luck with that.
“On Saturday I phoned the emergency housing number in crisis and said I’ve got a son with autism, I’m struggling and homeless and they said they can’t put me anywhere in Shropshire.
“I waited for hours for a call back, I spoke to a lovely girl who got me a hotel and she said there were 300 people that day in the same position.
“They sent me to Newcastle-under-Lyme and luckily I’ve got a friend who works for the council and they said we can go to the Prince Rupert Hotel in Shrewsbury today.
“I need to cook for my son, he has a specific routine and it’s not possible in a hotel room. He has significant needs where I need to be on him constantly.
“Ironically I was teaching yoga to the homeless people at the Prince Rupert Hotel previously and now I’m living there.
“They said I could be in temporary accommodation for 18 months.
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“We need two bedrooms with a garden as he needs outdoor space, I can’t accept anything as I don’t want to be in this position again.”
Laura Fisher, Shropshire Council’s head of housing, resettlement and independent living, said: “The housing options team are aware of Ms Naik’s case and her need for emergency accommodation over the weekend.
“I can confirm Ms Naik has a housing options officer, and is in regular contact with him while we look for a more suitable temporary option for her, as well as a permanent housing solution long term.”