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Homelessness in Cork

The housing crisis is pushing people into homelessness and preventing people from leaving homelessness. Our Emergency Shelter is overflowing with an average of 54 people per night relying on a Cork Simon emergency bed. Rents in Cork are spiralling out of control, increasing by a crippling 14.4% in the twelve months to September 2016. Average rent for a one bedroomed property in the city centre is 64% above Rent Supplement and HAP limits for a single person.

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Emergency Shelter

Our Emergency Shelter is located on Anderson’s Quay, in the heart of Cork city centre. The Shelter provides care, accommodation and one-to-one support for 47 people around-the-clock, every day of the year. Demand for emergency beds is high – Throughout 2016 the Shelter accommodated an average of 54 people per night – the need for emergency accommodation is so great that we try to accommodate as many people as is safe to do so.

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The Housing and Homeless Crisis in Cork continues to escalate. The scale of that deepening crisis is reflected in the number of people knocking on our door and in the length of time people remain homeless.

The Housing Crisis is driving the Homeless Crisis.

Finding a home is a major problem for many people but an almost impossible barrier to overcome for people experiencing homelessness. Read More

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February 20th, 7:49 pm

Growing up, Jenny always felt different. Her alcoholic father didn’t help, especially when he became violent and often took his anger out on her. Jenny turned to drugs to help her cope. Despite doing everything she could to help Jenny deal with her drug problem, her mother was unable to help her break free of her addiction. At just 20 years of age Jenny was pregnant. She struggled with her insecurities as she battled her drug addiction. Jenny’s mother continued to stand with her, helping her to raise her son. But tragedy struck when Jenny’s mother died. In an instant all the love and support that Jenny so desperately needed disappeared. In that instant she felt completely alone;her life began to fall apart. Stuck in her family home,without her mother to protect her, her father became more violent towards Jenny. As time passed she sank further and further into her addiction. She was no longer able to take care of her son. He was placed into care and then her father threw her out of the house. Jenny ended up on the streets. For two and half months she did her best to survive, eventually turning to our Soup Run for help. It wasn’t long before we were able to offer her a bed in our emergency shelter. “I was so relieved. I just slept and slept because I was so drained. When you’re out on the street you’re just walking around for so many hours. Waiting for it to get late enough so you can find somewhere to sleep and then you’re up at the crack of dawn.” While staying in our emergency shelter Jenny was able to see doctors, counsellors and eventually participate in a drug treatment programme. They helped her to rebuild her life one step at a time. Your support helped Jenny to rebuild her life too – thank you so much for helping to make a big difference. ... See MoreSee Less

Growing up, Jenny always felt different. Her alcoholic father didn’t help, especially when he became violent and often took his anger out on her. Jenny turned to drugs to help her cope. Despite doing everything she could to help Jenny deal with her drug problem, her mother was unable to help her break free of her addiction. At just 20 years of age Jenny was pregnant. She struggled with her insecurities as she battled her drug addiction. Jenny’s mother continued to stand with her, helping her to raise her son. But tragedy struck when Jenny’s mother died. In an instant all the love and support that Jenny so desperately needed disappeared. In that instant she felt completely alone;her life began to fall apart. Stuck in her family home,without her mother to protect her, her father became more violent towards Jenny. As time passed she sank further and further into her addiction. She was no longer able to take care of her son.  He was placed into care and then her father threw her out of the house.  Jenny ended up on the streets. For two and half months she did her best to survive, eventually turning to our Soup Run for help. It wasn’t long before we were able to offer her a bed in our emergency shelter. “I was so relieved. I just slept and slept because I was so drained. When you’re out on the street you’re just walking around for so many hours. Waiting for it to get late enough so you can find somewhere to sleep and then you’re up at the crack of dawn.” While staying in our emergency shelter Jenny was able to see doctors, counsellors and eventually participate in a drug treatment programme. They helped her to rebuild her life one step at a time. Your support helped Jenny to rebuild her life too – thank you so much for helping to make a big difference.

February 19th, 7:52 pm

Want to hear some good news? In the last week four people using our Employment and Training service have secured new full time permanent jobs! It’s a giant leap out of homelessness – thank you for helping to make it happen. Our Employment and Training service is one of many supports we offer people struggling to leave homelessness behind them. The team helps people to upskill, retrain and identify new career paths – big steps towards a brighter future. ... See MoreSee Less

Want to hear some good news? In the last week four people using our Employment and Training service have secured new full time permanent jobs!  It’s a giant leap out of homelessness – thank you for helping to make it happen.  Our Employment and Training service is one of many supports we offer people struggling to leave homelessness behind them.  The team helps people to upskill, retrain and identify new career paths – big steps towards a brighter future.

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Great work Cork Simon.

February 18th, 7:30 pm

What prompted Kinsale Girl Guides to give us 28 rucksacks recently? Group Leader, Carolann, says the idea was firmly rooted in practicalities: “The Girls wanted to give something practical but also nice to people experiencing homelessness. They wanted to have all the practical bits and pieces you would need; shampoo, shower gel, hair brushes and so on, but they also wanted to put in little treats where they could. A little bottle of perfume, a really nice scarf to keep a person warm. They wanted the person getting the bags to know that they put real thought and effort into what they were giving. They packed and repacked their rucksacks so many times, just to be sure that the bags were full of exactly the right goods.” In true ‘Be Prepared’ form the Kinsale Girl Guides spent weeks before Christmas collecting goods for use in our emergency shelter. Thank You Kinsale Girl Guides for your thoughtfulness, hard work and Trojan effort. ... See MoreSee Less

What prompted Kinsale Girl Guides to give us 28 rucksacks recently? Group Leader, Carolann, says the idea was firmly rooted in practicalities: “The Girls wanted to give something practical but also nice to people experiencing homelessness. They wanted to have all the practical bits and pieces you would need; shampoo, shower gel, hair brushes and so on, but they also wanted to put in little treats where they could. A little bottle of perfume, a really nice scarf to keep a person warm. They wanted the person getting the bags to know that they put real thought and effort into what they were giving. They packed and repacked their rucksacks so many times, just to be sure that the bags were full of exactly the right goods.” In true ‘Be Prepared’ form the Kinsale Girl Guides spent weeks before Christmas collecting goods for use in our emergency shelter. Thank You Kinsale Girl Guides for your thoughtfulness, hard work and Trojan effort.

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Well done girls - great effort

February 16th, 7:40 pm

He’s just ten years of age but already he cares deeply about people experiencing homelessness. Tadhg Hobbs is our youngest room sponsor by far. For over a year he’s been donating his pocket money every month, helping to make sure that there’s a safe, warm place to stay and food to eat for someone that desperately needs it. Tadhg cares so deeply about the issue that after his recent 10th birthday he counted the money he received in gifts and quietly said to his Mam: “Right, half of that is going to Cork Simon”. His clearly proud Mam, Theresa, told us; “Every time we see a homeless person he insists we give them money! He just deflates when he sees someone in that situation and goes very quiet. He loves getting the newsletter through the post but he’s very matter-of-fact about it all, he just thinks he has it, they don’t, so it’s a no brainer; he gives it to them.” Tadhg – you’re an inspiration to all of us. Thank you so much for caring about homelessness, for caring about the people experiencing homelessness and for doing something about it. And lest we forget…Happy Birthday! ... See MoreSee Less

He’s just ten years of age but already he cares deeply about people experiencing homelessness. Tadhg Hobbs is our youngest room sponsor by far. For over a year he’s been donating his pocket money every month, helping to make sure that there’s a safe, warm place to stay and food to eat for someone that desperately needs it. Tadhg cares so deeply about the issue that after his recent 10th birthday he counted the money he received in gifts and quietly said to his Mam: “Right, half of that is going to Cork Simon”.  His clearly proud Mam, Theresa, told us; “Every time we see a homeless person he insists we give them money! He just deflates when he sees someone in that situation and goes very quiet. He loves getting the newsletter through the post but he’s very matter-of-fact about it all, he just thinks he has it, they don’t, so it’s a no brainer; he gives it to them.” Tadhg – you’re an inspiration to all of us.  Thank you so much for caring about homelessness, for caring about the people experiencing homelessness and for doing something about it. And lest we forget…Happy Birthday!

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Thank you! Very proud of my son xx

Way to go, Tadhg!

You can be proud of his son because it has a lot of heart. Congratulates Tadhg💜👑

Amazing Tadhg xxx

Well done tadhgxxx

Well done Tadhg! If only other people felt like you. You should be very proud of yourself.

Fantastic. More kids need to be like this

Well done Tadhg

💕💕💕Taghg xxxx

Wonderful young man. Kind and generous. If he was my son I would be extremely proud of him too. Well done Tadgh.😇

What a super kid!

Way to go Tadhg, you are an amazing young man😊

Good man well done

Very caring . Well done Tadhg

Well done Tadgh...

Bless you young man, you will go far in life with that fablous heart you have.x

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Well done Tadgh Hobbs 😀

Good man Tadhg

You're fantastic Tadgh such a role model #beproud#

Well done young man

What a lovely young lad. Well done

Fair play Tadhg

Well done your brilliant

So proud to have the pleasure to know the beautiful kind Tadhg Hobbs x

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