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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 23rd, 7:58 pm

This week we learned that record numbers of people are now in emergency accommodation in Cork and around the country. The last week of January saw 269 people in emergency accommodation in Cork – the highest on record. There were 319 people in emergency accommodation in Cork & Kerry – another record high. Around the country there were 7,167 people in emergency accommodation. Yet another record high. While the numbers are very disappointing, thanks to your help and generosity we’re able to provide warmth, shelter and the supports people need to deal with the trauma of homelessness. People Deserve Better ... See MoreSee Less

This week we learned that record numbers of people are now in emergency accommodation in Cork and around the country.  The last week of January saw 269 people in emergency accommodation in Cork – the highest on record.  There were 319 people in emergency accommodation in Cork & Kerry – another record high.  Around the country there were 7,167 people in emergency accommodation.  Yet another record high.   While the numbers are very disappointing, thanks to your help and generosity we’re able to provide warmth, shelter and the supports people need to deal with the trauma of homelessness.  People Deserve Better

February 22nd, 7:37 pm

Reaching back into our ancient past to help fight one of today’s most pressing crises, fifth & sixth class pupils at Kilgobnet National School in Kerry went ‘on the Biddy’, raising our spirits and playing their part in the fight against homelessness. 'The Biddy' is a custom marking the first day of spring, a tradition largely confined to South Kerry, parts of County Cork, as well as counties Kildare and Fermanagh. The Kilgobnet NS pupils went from house to house performing songs, dancing, telling stories and even had a parade. Their recreation of our ancient celebrations marking the arrival of Spring raised a whopping €1,654, helping to keep hope alive for people experiencing homelessness. Well done to all the ‘Biddies’ at Kilgobnet NS and thank you so much for believing that people experiencing homelessness deserve better. ... See MoreSee Less

Reaching back into our ancient past to help fight one of today’s most pressing crises, fifth & sixth class pupils at Kilgobnet National School in Kerry went ‘on the Biddy’, raising our spirits and playing their part in the fight against homelessness. The Biddy is a custom marking the first day of spring, a tradition largely confined to South Kerry, parts of County Cork, as well as counties Kildare and Fermanagh. The Kilgobnet NS pupils went from house to house performing songs, dancing, telling stories and even had a parade.  Their recreation of our ancient celebrations marking the arrival of Spring raised a whopping €1,654, helping to keep hope alive for people experiencing homelessness.  Well done to all the ‘Biddies’ at Kilgobnet NS and thank you so much  for believing that people experiencing homelessness deserve better.

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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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

Such a great example to all

Well done, Kinsale Girl Guides and Carol Anne🙂💕



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