“If I was in a situation where I couldn’t afford a home and my only option was to rely on the state, it was probably not a good idea to be homeless,” she said.
“I’m a single mum and I know that a lot of people don’t want to live in poverty but they need to make sure they’re doing things to help them.”
Ms Fitzgerald said that as a single mother of two, she wanted to help her community and the poor and she had a plan.
“That plan is not to give up on my kids, but to keep going,” she explained.
“You don’t just go into homelessness because you don’t have the money to pay rent, you go into it because you need the money.”
She said that while she did not have a pension, her family was “very well off”.
“It’s really difficult when you’re not a pensioner, it’s really hard to make ends meet,” she continued.
“When you have a job, it helps a lot, but you can’t make ends serve.”
Ms Maclean said that the biggest obstacle for her to overcome was that she was unable to work and that she had not been able to find a full-time job since she left the city.
“If my husband and I got a job and we paid rent, it would be really hard, because I can’t afford to pay for that.””
It would be very difficult for me to live on the street,” she added.
“If my husband and I got a job and we paid rent, it would be really hard, because I can’t afford to pay for that.”